Approximately 700 babies are welcomed into the world at Providence St. Mary Medical Center each year. As the only Birth Center in our Valley, our friends, family and neighbors rely on us for high-quality care during this special time. Families like the Salgado’s who were excitedly expecting their second child last January.
Unexpectedly, Iker was born 10 weeks early and weighed just over 3 pounds. While he waited hours in the middle of a blizzard to be transported to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, he was stabilized in our Special Care Nursery. It is because our facility was equipped with highly-skilled staff and physicians, as well as specialized equipment, that we were able to care for baby Iker. Seven months have passed and he is now a healthy and happy boy!
Providence St. Mary Medical Center’s commitment to providing comfortable, safe, high-quality care for moms and newborns has never wavered. In August 2017, construction began to increase the number of delivery rooms, add a surgical suite in the unit and enlarge the Special Care Nursery for babies requiring a higher level of care. Future plans include renovating all eleven postpartum rooms (where mom and baby recover) to be more spacious, comfortable and updated.
To ensure this project moves forward, Providence St. Mary Foundation has made a minimum commitment of $400,000. Philanthropic investments over and above that commitment will help renovate all eleven postpartum rooms where mom and baby recover. To fulfill our commitment, we are inviting the community to participate in a special fundraising effort, specifically for the Family Birth Center. Philanthropic support from cash, pledges and planned gifts from the community will play a vital role in the successful completion of the first phase of expansion by June of 2018.
In early 2016, Providence St. Mary became home to the Valley’s only Birth Center. Today, close to 700 babies are born annually at the Medical Center, up from 550 deliveries in years prior. Providence St. Mary is also home to the region’s only Special Care Nursery which provides intermediate care to vulnerable and premature babies born at 34 weeks gestation through full term.
On June 14, we celebrated one year since the newly-expanded and upgraded Family Birth Center was opened at the hospital. Thanks to our community for making this project a success for our moms and babies!
Two Labor and Delivery rooms will be added, bringing the total to six.
The Special Care Nursery will be relocated adjacent the surgical suite and recovery room for easier access in an emergency. The nursery will have space to care for up to six babies at one time for antibiotic therapy, observation and other special care.
A new surgical suite and recovery area will allow cesarean sections to be performed in the Birth Center, avoiding a trip in the elevator for mom and increasing capacity in the current operating room space.
Phase II (ongoing):
Future plans include renovation of all 11 postpartum rooms (where mom and baby recover) to be more spacious, comfortable and updated. Philanthropic investments beyond our $400,000 goal will make renovation of these rooms possible, one postpartum room at a time.