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United Memorial Medical Center has opened its new Postpartum Maternity Unit.  

The ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon marks the completion of a $2 million renovation project creating 10 private postpartum patient rooms which include private bathrooms and sleeping accommodations for a birth partner. UMMC President and CEO Mark Schoell was on hand for the occasion and said having an attractive and comfortable facility could boost business, but that’s not the main concern.

“We just look at this as an enhancement to our rehab,” he said. “If we get a little bit more business, that’s fine; but we really think that our moms and dads deserve a better environment for the delivery of their babies and bringing their babies into the world.”

The new wing is located on the hospital’s fourth floor which has been closed since November 2012. Maryann Cogdill, the nurse manager of obstetrics and the practice manager of women’s care at UMMC, says the new unit helps celebrate family.

“I think our moms and our dads will be pleased with this," she said "and I really think it supports the family so that dads can stay and children can come and see their baby brothers and sisters in the nursery. It’s a wonderful gem for the community.”

Last year, 653 babies were born at UMMC – a 20 percent increase from 2011.

Courtenay Diehl, a physician at the Women’s Care Center, says the new unit is first-class.

“I trained at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota" she said, "and these birthing/post-partum rooms are equivalent to what we had at our tertiary care centers. It’s phenomenal to have that level of quality available.”

The postpartum unit at the used to consist of semi-private rooms with community bathrooms in the hallway.
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