With the evolving need for women’s and children’s health services, providers must consider care for the patient and the well-being their family. The Oak Hill Hospital 36-bed addition expands the hospital’s pediatric program and rapidly growing obsterics services. According to Sonia Wellman, Chief Operating Officer, and Project Manager, their goal is to provide the ‘highest level of quality care and customer service to ensure the birth of your baby is a treasured memory.’ Universal beds, an enlarged surgical suite, 18-bed labor and delivery suites, and additional operating rooms allow the hospital to keep the mom and baby together as much as possible within their first precious days.
The design incorporated a covered outpatient entrance for convenient access to registration for patients who need assistance. Other renovation and expansion areas included the central sterile suite, infusion suite, admitting, and pre-admission testing. The design vision considered humanistic features that create a desirable family-centered healing environment.
Modifications to an operational hospital require attention to construction phasing, life-safety coordination, and logistics related to engineering. Over time, the hospital anticipates a growing need for women’s and children’s care within the community. Therefore, the design team considered practical logistics that allow for future bed expansion to three additional floors.