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.
“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.
“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
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org