The Family Centered Maternity Unit at Paoli Hospital will soon have a brand new look as it begins a significant expansion and renovation project to accommodate an increase in the number of births, and to enhance comfort for mothers and babies.
“Paoli continues to invest in expanding our obstetric services to meet the needs of mothers and babies in our growing community,” said Barbara Tachovsky, president, Paoli Hospital. “Our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable and memorable birthing experience.”
The $11 million project will incorporate the latest concepts in patient-centered care and involves the construction of 14 private patient rooms, 12 labor, delivery, and recovery suites, four triage rooms, and a larger nursery and Level II NICU to care for babies who are born prematurely, who have problems during delivery, or who develop problems while still in the hospital. In addition, all existing patient rooms will be updated aesthetically and technologically, including a special bed that allows mothers to adopt any position, making the birthing process more natural, and two operating rooms adjacent to the maternity unit will be dedicated to Cesarean births.
“Our maternity staff consistently provides safe, high quality care to patients and their families. It is this care that has helped to build our reputation for excellence and has earned us patient satisfaction scores ranked nationally in the top decile,” said Tina Saurman, MSN, RNC-OB, nurse manager, Family Centered Maternity Unit, Paoli Hospital. “These enhancements will bring the patient experience to a whole new level of quality and comfort during one of life’s most precious times. “
According to Saurman, it has been more than five years since the physical space of the maternity unit was updated. During that time, more than 11,000 babies have been born at Paoli.
The project is slated to be complete by the fall of 2013, however, patient rooms and the nursery will be available at all times and maternity care will continue as usual. To help offset the project cost, Paoli received generous donations from the community and the Paoli Hospital Foundation’s campaign “Where Great Care Comes to Life.”
Currently, Paoli Hospital delivers 2,300 babies each year. Thirty-four percent of these deliveries are performed by Cesarean section and more than 150 babies are cared for in the Level II NICU. By 2019, it is projected that Paoli will deliver over 2,900 babies annually.
For more information about the maternity services at Paoli Hospital, visit www.mainlinehealth.org/paoli.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Renderings of the new Level II NICU and Post Partum Patient Rooms at Paoli Hospital are available upon request.
Paoli Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 226-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital and Level II Regional Trauma Center with outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville. In 2012, Paoli Hospital was named for the fourth time among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters (now Truven Health Analytics). It was one of only 20 medium-sized community hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in Pennsylvania to make the list in this category. Paoli was named among US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for the Philadelphia metro area for excellence in five specialties including orthopedics, geriatrics, nephrology, gastroenterology and urology and is a multi-year recipient of the Premier “Award for Quality” for providing outstanding patient care and maintaining operational efficiency. Paoli is one of only three percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® Designation twice for its superior nursing staff and was among the first in efficiency, satisfaction and healing. For more information about Paoli Hospital, visit mainlinehealth.org/paoli.
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