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SMH Welcomes Sarasota’s First New Year’s Baby

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital welcomed New Year's baby Logan Alexander Arone into the world at 2:36 am January 1st. Sarasota’s first birth in 2015, Logan was one of more than 10 babies whose mothers began laboring at SMH on New Year's Eve.

Nine became end-of-year tax deductions, while two waited until the wee hours of New Year's Day to make their appearances.

Logan's entry into the New Year's race was unexpected. He wasn't due until March 1, but his mother Julie went into premature labor after a challenging pregnancy. Although born eight weeks early and admitted into the hospital's intensive care nursery, Logan is in good condition, weighing in at a healthy 4 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 15.5 inches. He will stay for a short time in Sarasota Memorial's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before going home to his first time parents.

“We are so blessed and excited. As first time parents, we didn't know what to expect, especially when he was born early," said mom Julie Arone, a school psychologist for the Sarasota County School District. "But everyone was so positive and caring … they really made the experience special, and our nurse Amy was amazing. We can't thank her enough."

The Arones were vaguely aware of the New Year's excitement taking place around them. Julie was one of a dozen moms laboring on what turned out to be a rocking' New Year's Eve in Sarasota Memorial's Labor & Delivery Unit. 

"As that clock struck midnight and the ball dropped, in our heart, we weren't celebrating the New Year itself," said dad Brien Arone, a manager at the Ritz Carlton. "All we cared about was Logan, and making every second count. If we did get to 2015, we knew he would be one day stronger."

Sarasota Memorial nurses celebrated New Year's with the Arones, presenting the couple with non-alcoholic champagne and a special New Year’s basket filled with gifts and supplies for the baby.  

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System:
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services. It is the area’s only public and only not-for-profit hospital. Approximately 3,000 babies are born at the hospital each year.

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