Brookings, S.D. – Jan. 3, 2020 – Alejandra Navid Garcia Martinez arrived at 12:54 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2020, making her the first baby of the New Year – and new decade – born at Brookings Health System.

Alejandra is the daughter of Maricela Martinez and Luis Garcia of Brandt, S.D., and is now the youngest of four children. She joins oldest sister, Maria Guadalupe, older brother Luis Eduardo, and older sister Maria Isabel. She weighed six pounds and five ounces and measured 18.75 inches long. Mother and baby are both doing well. 

The New Year’s Baby and her parents received a variety of toys, baby products, and, gift certificates of cash and services from local businesses and organizations. Contributors to the New Year’s Baby gift basket include: 

  • Avera Medical Group Brookings
  • Bel Brands
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Brookings Health System
  • Brookings Chiropractic Center
  • Century 21 – Shane Andersen
  • First Bank & Trust
  • GCC Ready Mix
  • Integrity Accounting
  • JOY Club
  • Key Women in Education
  • Limestone, Inc.
  • Party Depot
  • Prairie Soul Studio
  • Powershop Gym, Inc.
  • Scooters
  • SDSU Alumni Association
  • Willert Chiropractic
  • United Way

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at


PHOTO: Alejandra Navid Garcia Martinez was born at 12:54 a.m. on New Year’s Day, making her the first baby of the New Year at Brookings Health System. Holding Alejandra is her father, Luis. Also pictured with her are her older siblings, Maria Guadalupe, Luis Eduardo and Maria Isabel.