Family Birthing Center Renovation Raises Level of Care for Newborns with Serious Medical Needs
June 2011 – Construction is underway for the first phase of renovations to The Samaritan Family Birthing Center. Before 2011 ends, Good Samaritan will be equipped with a new facility for Level II Newborn Care. Newborns with serious conditions related to issues including genetic irregularities, addiction and poverty will benefit from renovation features that yield quicker recoveries and reduced re-hospitalizations.
In the new Special Care Nursery, six bassinette-equipped private nurseries will serve as “homes away from home” for families who must leave ill newborns in the Hospital’s care after the mother is discharged. Nursing alcoves will join each set of two private nurseries, enabling staff to easily monitor these rooms and help mentor the visiting families. In the same corridor, a single isolation nursery will be individually monitored and equipped with an independent air flow system.
When additional space is needed, babies may be cared for in the Continuing Care Nursery, where four bassinette pods join in a grouping that affords nursing staff ample opportunity to treat, nurture and observe babies who do not have visiting family in-house. Open-bed warmers or incubators may replace bassinettes as the needs of each case vary.
The changes present the opportunity to raise the family birthing experience to a new level where newborns are cared for in innovative ways that focus on best outcomes for innocent new life.
This is a chance to invest in the care and protection of newborns that sets the stage for a lifetime of good health and responsible parenting, fulfilling the Good Samaritan mission to build healthier communities. Make a donation in support of the Nursery Renovation.