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MFSH Celebrates Opening New Unit
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (MFSH) unveiled its brand new eight-bed inpatient unit (4 North) with an Open House for physicians and staff on Thursday, September 19 with operations officially set to begin in October.
The 265-bed community hospital built the additional space on the fourth floor with its most recent expansion in 2015 that added a 10-bed, level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to its footprint. At that time, it was undetermined what the other half of the fourth floor would become. With the continuously evolving healthcare landscape, hospital leadership carefully evaluated which of its key service lines needed the space and determined an eight-bed, all private room, inpatient unit (built to accommodate moms and newborns) was the right fit.
Nestled in the heart of the suburbs, Millard Suburban continues to experience growth in the Emergency Department, Maternity Services and inpatient admissions, contrary to the performance of many healthcare organizations around the country.
Delivering over 2500 babies annually, the Maternity Department has had to repeatedly call upon their surge plan, which allows them to occupy a neighboring inpatient unit to adequately accommodate moms and newborns. With births climbing throughout 2019, and record breaking deliveries in July and August; the opening of 4 North can’t come soon enough for the department.
The spacious flex unit (4 North) is specially outfitted to accommodate new moms and infants when it opens. Each private room offers patients hotel-like amenities that provide both privacy and comfort including floor to ceiling windows, a bathroom with shower, refrigerator and a sleeper sofa for family members staying overnight. The open layout also features a centralized nurse’s station with nursery, a kitchen area, an expanded suite and a large family room for visitors.
“Millard Fillmore Suburban continues to grow,” said Darcy Craven, president of Millard Fillmore Suburban and DeGraff Memorial Hospitals. “We looked at the needs of our community and the current constraints of our facility very carefully before we started this project and decided additional space outfitted for moms and newborns was the first priority.”