AUSTIN, Texas – (Dec. 10, 2013) – Ascension Seton Southwest Hospital dedicated its new labor & delivery wing (see photos) Dec. 6, which features a Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); three labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LCRP) patient rooms (bringing the hospital’s total to nine); six new postpartum patient rooms; and two antepartum patient rooms.
A new, covered drop-off area for Ascension Seton Southwest’s emergency room also has been added as part of the $8.2 million expansion project.
Instead of using a ribbon, an intertwined pink and blue rope was cut to signify the conclusive moment during birth, as well as the formal opening of the hospital’s new addition.
Overall, the project adds 8,400 square feet of new medical care space and renovates existing hospital areas covering 2,500 square feet.
The Level II NICU allows Ascension Seton Southwest, located at 7900 FM 1826, to care for more pre-mature newborns rather than transfer them to another hospital.
More than 5,200 mothers have successfully given birth to more than 6,800 babies at Ascension Seton Southwest since January 2002, when obstetric services were first offered at the hospital.
Sister Jean Wesselman, Daughters of Charity; John Brindley, President and CEO, Ascension Seton South Group (Ascension Seton Southwest, Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays, Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital and Ascension Seton Smithville Regional Hospital), and Mary Faria, Ascension Seton Southwest vice president and chief operating officer, hosted a “cord”-cutting at the dedication event.
Monsignor Oliver Johnson blessed the new addition, which was erected by Burt Watts Construction and designed by Polkinghorn Group Architects. Troy Chapman and Audrey Wernecke, respectfully, spoke on behalf of the two firms. Other speakers were Dr. Chris Hart of Hill Country Ob/Gyn and Dr. Todd Scharnberg of Pediatrix.
The Spain family attended the event and was interviewed by KXAN-TV, which covered it, and KDRP-FM, which aired interviews at the event that also featured Faria and Maria Olvera, RN, Ascension Seton Southwest maternity services clinical nurse manager.
All five of the Spain children were born at Ascension Seton Southwest and their sixth child, expected in February, also will be born there.