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Newly Remodeled Birthing Center Rooms Unveiled at Provena Covenant Medical Center

Today, Provena Covenant Medical Center unveiled the first phase of its over $5 million Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center modernization project.

"It is my pleasure to offer the community not only the wonderful, compassionate care that Provena Covenant is known for, but also newly remodeled, spacious, comfortable birthing center rooms with luxurious amenities and the most advanced technology," said Mike Brown, Regional President and CEO, Provena Covenant Medical Center. "This project allows us to not only provide an exceptional choice for moms-to-be, but to become a destination for them. It marks the beginning of what is to come at Provena Covenant."

The first phase includes three private labor/delivery/recovery rooms, six post-partum rooms, a new welcome center and a new nursing station. The new rooms feature spa-like décor complete with hardwood-like floors, spacious bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling tiled showers, a generously-sized bathtub, a flat screen TV, free wireless Internet and a sleeper couch with an extra long, comfortably-sized bed for a family member or friend to stay the night.

"Personalized, compassionate and skilled care is really what makes Provena Covenant an outstanding choice for expectant mothers. Over my 21 years delivering babies at Provena Covenant, I have witnessed countless occasions where staff has gone above and beyond to exceed the expectations of their patients," said Christie Clinic Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Millie Nelson. "It is great to see that these excellent care givers can now work in a space that matches their level of quality."

While keeping moms’ comfort, desires, needs and safety in mind, everything from the interior design and overall layout to the kind of equipment available were carefully chosen as a result of a collaboration of past birthing center patients, teams of staff members and physicians. The soothing colors and soft lines were carefully chosen to give a peaceful, serene environment to make moms as comfortable as possible during labor.

"One of the reasons to remodel and reconfigure the birthing center was to create a more cohesive, interconnected overall space where physicians, clinicians, services and equipment are closer together," said Cindy Reno, RN, Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center Patient Care Manager. "This allows for better work efficiencies thereby enhancing patient safety and providing caregivers with extra time to spend focusing on patients."

The new unit will also bring the latest, state-of-the-art technologies to Provena Covenant. These new technologies will enhance their ability to care for high risk babies. For example, the new GE Panda baby warmers have built-in resuscitation capabilities for high risk babies as well as the ability to monitor the baby’s oxygen levels and heart rate without additional equipment.

Another new technology feature is the Giraffe OmniBed which is the most advanced and developmentally supportive microenvironment for intensively ill infants. Its full-featured incubator and radiant warmer eliminates the stress of moving critically-ill infants from bed to bed. The Giraffe’s patented Baby Susan rotating mattress facilitates proper positioning of the infant for all types of procedures, minimizing inappropriate patient stimulation and promoting family-centered care.

In addition to the new technology, outstanding patient care and new rooms, the Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center also offers a complimentary Nurse Partner Program that pairs moms-to-be with a trained nurse from early pregnancy to delivery, prenatal educational classes for mom, dad and siblings and a certified Breastfeeding Educator for consultations. Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center is a Level II Plus Neonatal Intensive Care unit with expanded capabilities.

Phase two of the project will start in a few weeks and bring two new operating rooms, a locker room, a classroom and two more labor/deliver/recovery rooms. That will be followed by regular and special care nurseries, with the last phase bringing eight more post-partum rooms, another labor/delivery/recovery room and a retail area within the unit that will sell nursing necessities, baby gear and new mother care items. The entire project is expected to be complete by summer of 2012.

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