Niagara Gazette — Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston officially blessed its second floor Center For Women Wednesday.
The multifaceted project, which has completed two of three phases of construction, is an all-inclusive department for any and all procedures a woman could need, from gynecological and obstetric services to postmenopausal issues.
"I think it's amazing," department Director Peg Brady said. "What's been done in a year is phenomenal. We've built on what was always here, which has always been integral to the hospital. But the comprehensive care is what I really like here. Patients can have everything they need done here on this unit."
There are several marked improvements the center boasts, including state-of-the-art recovery rooms for women who've just given birth. There are private rooms for families, a nursery (which will be updated as part of the third phase of the project) and some new equipment.
The new equipment is what really stands out in the center. There's a new ultrasound machine that produces three-dimensional images in real time. There's also a new birth simulator designed to keep the center's roughly 40 staff members as prepared for an emergency as possible.
"It allows the nurses and docs to train for different emergencies," Brady said. "Having these simulators really helps. Because as we grow and hire more staff, we need to make sure everyone's on the same page."
"There's a mother and a baby," hospital President Judith Maness said. "We can program different events to occur and the doctors and nurses can practice. They all can work together in a safe environment that feels real."
The all-inclusive unit also includes a brand-new redesigned recovery room, named in honor of one of the hospital's most recognizable doctors in women's health.