Niagara Gazette — The Thomas E. Comerford Jr. Recovery Room is a full-service suite for women and their families, where they can be in peace following the stress of delivery. There's even a shower for comfort and a full-size bed.
Named after one of the hospital's founding physicians who delivered countless children within its halls, the suite's financiers – Comerford's son, John, his wife, Hope, and their children – had a chance to see what they'd helped create for the first time.
"I wanted to wait to see this until it was completed," Comerford said. "I'm happy with the commitment the hospital has made to women's health. I'm very excited for what this offers the communities of Lewiston, Youngstown and Niagara Falls. It's just a short drive for excellent care."
With the blessing Wednesday, performed by the Rev. Stewart M. Lindsay, focus can now shift to completing fundraising for the third phase of construction.
Maness said the hospital is a little less than half way to its goal of $2.1 million, which would go towards furnishing all of the rooms with new, comfortable beds and furniture, upgrades to technology in the department's operating room and several cosmetic changes to the hallways in the patient rooms.
She said all of the changes, from what's been done to what's left for the future, are designed to make patients and their families as comfortable and confident in the services provided at the hospital as possible.
"We've really looked at what is going to make the patients feel confident they're in good hands," she said. "That they're comfortable. That the husbands are comfortable. That their baby is safe. We want to make sure we have the best staff around them to help them enjoy the miracle of birth."