Construction at Mother Baby Center at Mercy topped off

Adorned with signatures and messages of goodwill, the final beam of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy was lifted into place during an Aug. 12 “topping off” ceremony at the hospital.

The ceremony marks a milestone in the construction process for the facility, a $30 million initiative due to open next summer.

An artist’s sketch of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy, a 62,000 square-foot, two-story birth center due to open in the summer of 2015. Image courtesy of Allina Health

An artist’s sketch of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy, a 62,000 square-foot, two-story birth center due to open in the summer of 2015. Image courtesy of Allina Health

“But it’s not just about a facility. It’s about the team doing the work, the employees, the physicians, the people providing the care,” said Sara Criger, president of Mercy Hospital, adding that once The Mother Baby Center at Mercy is up and running, “what we offer here will be like nowhere else in the north metro.”

The creation of the center is done with a partnership between Allina Health (of which Mercy Hospital is part) and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Dave Overman, president and chief operating officer of Children’s, attended the topping off ceremony.

With hundreds of employees’ and physicians’ signatures and heartfelt messages scribbled on its metal surface, the final beam rests ready to be lifted and placed atop The Mother Baby Center at Mercy during an Aug. 12 “topping off” ceremony. The tree on the beam is an old Scandinavian tradition, assuring that all who pass by can see the milestone has been reached. Photo by Sue Austreng

With hundreds of employees’ and physicians’ signatures and heartfelt messages scribbled on its metal surface, the final beam rests ready to be lifted and placed atop The Mother Baby Center at Mercy during an Aug. 12 “topping off” ceremony. The tree on the beam is an old Scandinavian tradition, assuring that all who pass by can see the milestone has been reached. Photo by Sue Austreng

“It’s exciting to launch this major milestone and I’m proud to be here to celebrate this visible sign of our partnership,” he said.

Features of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy will include:

• A designated entrance with valet services and immediate access to triage

• 10 labor and delivery rooms

• 22 post-partum rooms

• Two large operating rooms

• An infant resuscitation room

• A 10-room Level II special care nursery with 14 bassinets

• A newborn nursery

• Five triage rooms

The final beam atop The Mother Baby Center at Mercy wears signatures and messages from employees and physicians “representing their heart and soul, their personal commitment to excellent care provided to mothers and babies,” said Sara Criger, president of Mercy Hospital. The tree on the beam is an old Scandinavian tradition, assuring that all who pass by can see the milestone has been reached. Photo by Sue Austreng

The final beam atop The Mother Baby Center at Mercy wears signatures and messages from employees and physicians “representing their heart and soul, their personal commitment to excellent care provided to mothers and babies,” said Sara Criger, president of Mercy Hospital. The tree on the beam is an old Scandinavian tradition, assuring that all who pass by can see the milestone has been reached. Photo by Sue Austreng

• All private patient rooms with full bathrooms, luggage carts, hospitality amenities (hairdryers, large screen TV, iPod docking station, fold-out sleeper sofa, etc.)

• A family lounge dedicated to families whose baby requires neonatal care

• Provider call rooms

To learn more about The Mother Baby Center at Mercy, visit AllinaHealth.org/ahs/mercy.nsf.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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