Women & Infants Files Letter Of Intent For Renovation Of Labor & Delivery Suite

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
GoLocalProv News Team

Women & Infants
Women & Infants Hospital filed a letter of intent with the Rhode Island Department of Health for its proposal, "Women & Infants Hospital Labor & Delivery Renovation." 

The letter is the first step in the hospital's plan to file a certificate of need application in January 2017. 

“As a specialty hospital with a unique focus, Women & Infants is a well-cherished jewel, providing incomparable care to the women and newborns of our region. Each and every day, I am honored by the women and families who choose to share with us some of the most precious moments of their lives – the delivery of a child.  But our physical environment in labor and delivery no longer provides the optimal support for today’s modern birth approach. It’s time for our physical environment in labor and delivery to match the incredible level of clinical care provided here,” said Mark Marcantano, president and chief operating officer of Women & Infants Hospital.

Women & Infants's Labor and Delivery Suite is made up of 19 private labor/delivery/recovery rooms, three dedicated caesarean birth rooms, and a recovery area, as well as an Alternative Birthing Center that offers a high tough, home-like, midwife led biting experience for low-risk births. 

Last year, Women & Infants delivered more than 8,800 babies. 

The Renovations 

This project will consist of renovating all 20 labor rooms and increasing the room size from 220 square feet to the current guidelines of 400 square feet with a private bathroom and shower in each room. 

“Having a baby is a wonderful experience for a family. We want to provide the highest level of complex care when necessary, but also provide a warm, personal and engaging experience, with hidden technology that is only used as needed,” said James A. O’Brien, MD, director of inpatient obstetrics and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

The project design will be based on a universal room that exceeds the needs for all levels of patient and family centered care. The renovation will integrate the newest technologies and include upgrades to the electrical, HVAC, plumbing and medical gasses systems. 

The renovation, with a projected cost of approximately $18.6 million, is scheduled to be completed in October 2018 will be done in phases over 14 to 16 months in order to minimize any disruption to existing service.

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