CAMC Women and Children's Hospital is celebrating its 25th anniversary by announcing the completion of its newly renovated private rooms for families having babies.
After 18-plus months of renovations, the 31 private postpartum rooms are now complete. The hospital showcased the rooms to media and medical staff Monday.
Previously, the hospital contained some multiple-occupancy rooms. The total cost for the renovations came to about $2 million.
The new rooms are self-contained with supplies in the room, have remodeled bathrooms and are aesthetically pleasing with soothing colors, smooth lines and updated furniture, according to Denise Burgess, the director of obstetrical services for Women and Children's Hospital.
The unit actually gained one bed in the remodel process rather than losing because of space gained on the 10th floor, Burgess said.
In addition, the postpartum rooms will no longer limit visitors to two per room. The family-friendly rooms don't place restrictions on visitors, as the hospital sometimes ran into trouble when family had traveled to see the mother.
"Sometimes you'd have both grandparents who would want to visit, and they would have to switch out or take turns, and they'd get frustrated if someone took too long," Burgess said.
"As part of Appalachian culture, we like being close to our family and help out."
The rooms provide comfort and privacy, and they are better for the health of the baby, Burgess said. The time together in the postpartum rooms allows for bonding time with the babies, as well as breast-feeding, and has been proven the best for the baby, Burgess said. They can also provide education while the child is in the room, making hands-on learning easier.
For fiscal year 2011, 2,910 babies were delivered at CAMC Women and Children's Hospital.