HackensackUMC Announces Last Baby Born in 2015 and First Baby Born in 2016

January 1, 2016 09:53 AM

Just 30 seconds before the New Year, Jared Branda and Stephanie Lopez of Hasbrouck Heights welcomed Jacob Michael Branda at The Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.  Baby Jacob weighing 7lbs 1oz and measuring 19 ¾ inches long is the last baby born in the state of New Jersey.  After a long labor and about two hours of pushing, little Jacob arrived just before the clock stuck midnight. 

“It is all so surreal. I feel like I am on a cloud right now,” explained first-time mom, Stephanie. 

Maximus Kane Mena of Nutley, born at 2:27 a.m. January 1, 2016 was the first birth for 2016 at The Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and the first baby born in Bergen County in the New Year. Weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 ¼ inches long, he was welcomed by his proud, first-time parents, Irena and Eric Mena. 

Both parents were excited for their new addition after finishing a home renovation just a week prior to their son’s birth. 

Photo Caption: Irena and Eric Mena of Nutley celebrate the arrival of their son, Maximus Kane Mena at 2:27 a.m. on New Year’s Day 2016.  Maximus is the first baby born in Bergen County in the new year weighing in at 7lbs 5ozs and measuring 20 ¼ inches long. 

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   




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