Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fairhope Hospital Birth Ward Expansion To Begin

third floor birth waiting room


The expansion of the birth center on the top floors of Mobile Infirmary's Thomas Hospital will begin in March according to the Hospital Foundation's Chairman Tim Simmonds -- and not a minute too soon judging by our heath care reporter's recent visit there to the crowded waiting room.  (video below)

About $6 million in donations have been raised by their ongoing 'Life, Its Worth Giving' campaign, including $250K from the city of Fairhope and over $1 million from the Single Tax Corporation, for the estimated $9 million project.

The expansion will include:

*4 private triage rooms
*6 labor and delivery rooms
*an operating room
*2 mother/baby rooms
*16 private post partum rooms


"We have nearly met our goal of $6 million for the new birth center at Thomas Hospital,” said  Tim Simmonds,  chairman of the Thomas Hospital Foundation. “To date we have $5.7 million, and construction will begin this March.

Thomas Hospital, in Fairhope, serves more babies than any other of the surrounding hospitals. The goal of its new, state-of-the-art concierge birthing center is to accommodate projected birth rates in Baldwin County, which is the fastest-growing county in Alabama, providing more bed and nursery space to handle the projected growth. In order to serve the growing population, the “Life...It’s Worth Giving” capital campaign is seeking to raise money to support the creation of the new birth center.

The new birth center will increase space from 18,000 to 28,000 square feet, improving the capacity by more than 30 percent. It will include four private triage rooms, six labor and delivery rooms, an operating room, two mother and baby recovery beds and sixteen private postpartum rooms."

(Simmonds is also a local State Farm Insurance agent.)

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