With an open house celebration on June 5, Elk Regional Health Center proudly unveiled its new, eight-bed Maternity Unit. The new unit will begin receiving patients in July.
“We’re very excited to move into our new unit,” said Sara Myers, RN, BSN, the nurse manager of Elk Regional’s Maternity Unit. “The new unit was very carefully designed for the comfort, safety, and well-being of our tiniest patients and their families. It’s going to be a real pleasure to welcome babies into the world in such a beautiful new unit.”
Elk Regional’s new Maternity Unit features eight spacious, private rooms that each include a bathroom, a shower, and large windows that flood each room with natural light. There is a 32-inch flat-screen television in each room, along with ample storage space and computers that enable maternity nurses to perform work at the patient’s bedside.
The new Maternity Unit also features a large, comfortable waiting area with a window into the nursery; an operating room for emergency Caesarean sections; birthing tubs that can be used for water birth or pain reduction; state-of-the-art nurse call and infant abduction systems; and the latest in fetal heart monitoring and 3D/4D women’s ultrasound technology.
Gregory P. Bauer, the President and CEO of Elk Regional Health System, said the new unit will enhance the quality patient care already provided by Elk Regional’s obstetrical and gynecological care team, which includes Steven Koch, M.D.; Wu Jan Lin, M.D.; Paulette Schreiber, a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner; Julie Szymanski, a Certified Nurse Midwife; and specially-trained Maternity Unit nurses.
Working with the physician specialists, Elk Regional’s team of maternity nurses is able to provide all the care a woman needs as she prepares to welcome a newborn, from prenatal to postpartum care.
“Simply put, a woman expecting a baby should expect nothing less than the best,” Mr. Bauer said. “I am proud to say that Elk Regional offers the best in maternity care. We will continue to invest in obstetric and gynecological services, and we are deeply committed to meeting the needs of mothers and babies in the region. Our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable, and memorable birthing experience right here, close to home.”
Photo: From left are Elk County Commissioner June Sorg, a member of Elk Regional's Board of Directors; John Adams of KTH Architects of DuBois; Judy Trambley, RN, a member of Elk Regional's Board of Directors; Gregory P. Bauer, Elk Regional's President and CEO; Sara Myers, RN, the Nurse Manager of Elk Regional's Maternity Unit; and Laura Lorenzo, RN, Betsy Cheatle, RN, and Mallory Samick, RN, all of Elk Regional's Maternity Unit.
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