The Stillwater Medical Center Board of Trustees approved a $12 million loan to renovate the Labor and Delivery Unit at the the hospital during their meeting Monday.
The loan was approved by all members of the board after Chief Financial Officer Alan Lovelace presented the Financial Committee’s review of the loan. He said the committee feels confident in the hospital’s ability to pay off the loan on time due to the hospital’s consistent operation improvements. The board unanimously approved the committee’s request.
The hospital is planning to expand the unit to include three new labor and delivery rooms and six postpartum rooms. The rooms will be completely private, so new mothers won't have to share bathrooms or showers. Regional CEO Steven Taylor said the postpartum rooms will be as big as the current delivery rooms.
“These rooms will accommodate more family members,” Taylor said. “The labor and delivery rooms will be twice the size of what they are now, so it will be much more comfortable for family and friends that want to come visit.”
The Labor and Delivery Unit changes will happen in unison with the expansion and renovation of the surgical wing. Taylor said he expects underground utilities construction to begin in May and the project will take about 20 to 24 months to complete. The facilities committee plans to expand the unit by 1400 square feet.
The new unit will provide Stillwater residents with access to the latest medical technology and a spacious maternity area. New mothers will be able to get the care similar to what they would get in a major metropolitan area without having to leave Stillwater.
“We’ll be newly renovated with the newest technology like no one else in the area,” said Denise Webber, the president and CEO of Stillwater Medical Center.
These expansions follow a fourth floor renovation and a main campus infrastructure renovation at the hospital. The hospital also has plans to renovate the east entrance and patient pick up areas.
Hospital attorney John Koemel said with all the renovations, the hospital is expanding rapidly.
“There is a lot of need in this community, and this hospital is serving it,” Koemel said.
The community is a big part of the administration’s motivation to renovate the hospital. The hospital is a non-profit, so all the income they generate is invested back into the hospital, Webber said. She said the new Labor and Delivery Unit will make mothers more comfortable in such an important time in their lives.
“When a woman chooses us to be apart of this happy moment in their lives, it’s important to build a relationship with them and make them feel as comfortable as possible,” Webber said.