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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Welcomes First Baby of the New Year

Posted on January 1, 2023

(Far Rockaway, NY- January 01, 2023) – St. John’s Episcopal Hospital happily embraced its first delivery of the New Year. Entering the world on January 1 at 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and over than 19 inches long, baby boy Noah was born healthy and strong to proud Rockaway native parents and residents, Samaria Rodriguez and Raymond West.

St. John’s showered baby Noah with gifts to celebrate the momentous occasion of his arrival. Gifts, generously donated by the St. John’s ICARE Foundation and the hospital, included diapers, baby books, baby care essentials, a stroller and car seat, a diaper bag, clothing and a baby monitor, courtesy of Jzanus–a Long Island-based company and a valued business partner working with the Episcopal Health Services, Inc. team and supporting the St. John’s ICARE Foundation.

“We are very pleased with the care that we received at St. John’s,” Mr. West stated. Ms. Rodriguez echoed his sentiments by saying, “We highly recommend delivering your baby at St. John’s. It was an excellent experience.”

About St. John’s Episcopal Hospital

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) is the only hospital providing emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved populations of the Rockaways and Five Towns in southern Queens County and southwestern Nassau County, New York. Recognized as a Baby Friendly Designated hospital as of March 2020, SJEH celebratesover 110 years of community care, the 257-bed facility provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services, regardless of ability to pay.

About the St. John’s ICARE Foundation

The St. John's ICARE Foundation, created in May 2022, fosters a culture of philanthropy to secure, manage and distribute gifts in support of the mission and vision of Episcopal Health Services and St. John's Episcopal Health Services. The ICARE Foundation, which stands for Innovation, Compassion, Respect and Empathy, raises awareness and funds in support of equipment, capital projects, special programs and community initiatives. To make a donation, visit or call (718)-869-8062 for more information.

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