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Phoenix family welcomes baby girl 4 minutes after midnight on New Year's at Banner Thunderbird

GLENDALE, Arizona – A Valley family is celebrating the new year with the gift of life – a healthy newborn girl – arriving just four minutes after midnight. 

Kasia Grobelny, 36, of Phoenix gave birth to an 8-pound girl at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. She and her husband, Patryk, 38, are still deciding on a name for the baby. 

The natural delivery was a bit of a surprise, since Kasia wasn’t due until Wednesday. The family opted not to know the child’s gender in advance, which made for extra smiles upon her birth in the wee hours of the new year. 

“It’s a great way to start the new year right,” Patryk said. “Every time we do a countdown for New Year’s from now on, it will always be a countdown to the birth of our third child. A happy, healthy baby is the greatest gift we could have received.” 

The Grobelnys are excited to introduce their newborn girl to her two siblings, Amelia, 6, and Lucyna, 4. 

Banner Health is one of the largest, secular nonprofit health care systems in the country. In addition to 30 acute-care hospitals, Banner also operates an academic medicine division, Banner – University Medicine, and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, a partnership with one of the world’s leading cancer programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner’s array of services includes a health insurance division, employed physician groups, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care locations, home care and hospice services, retail pharmacies, stand-alone imaging centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, a research division and a nursing registry. To make health care easier, 100% of Banner-employed doctors are available for virtual visits, and Banner operates a free 24/7 nurse line for health questions or concerns. Patients may also reserve spots at Banner Urgent Care locations and can book appointments online with many Banner-employed doctors. Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health also has locations in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit
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