Overcoming challenges at every level, ACH is reinvigorating the effort to provide for the health needs of the area, giving priority to essential services that contribute to the fostering of community identity. The Stardust Community Birthing Center is the latest in this effort.
The existing obstetrics unit in the 1958 Memorial Wing at Auburn Community Hospital consisted of 5 outdated postpartum rooms, an overly large nursery for a unit that promotes rooming-in of mothers and babies, and a nonfunctional and remote nurse station at one far end of the unit. Most recently the postpartum rooms had been used as singles but were originally designed as doubles with toilet rooms (but without bathing facilities) shared between two rooms. Three Labor Delivery Recovery (LDR) rooms at the other end of the wing had been created a decade earlier, are popular but insufficient in number to accommodate the demand.
Renovations created an opportunity to alter the unit to include six postpartum rooms designed as singles with amenities that allow for rooming-in and family participation. An additional LDR room, two exam rooms, one of which could be easily transformed to a seventh postpartum room, a small nursery including an isolation nursery, a central nurse station, support spaces and new waiting/family areas complete the transformation.
For more information about this project contact Graham L. Gillespie, AIA: firstname.lastname@example.org
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