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Stork Makes Special Delivery of New Enhanced Birthing Center 

The Stork landed at St. Mary’s Hospital this afternoon to announce the Family Birth Center is being completely remodeled.  The approximately $12 million project promises to turn a St. Mary’s Birth experience into one with more “hospitality” than hospital.

“We really looked at every aspect of a mother’s stay with us and found unique ways to make the experience one she’ll never forget,” said Kristin McManmon, the Vice President of Operations.  “In this first phase we focused on adding comfort and conveniences to our Family Care Suites and we are certain families are going to notice!”

When the initial changes are unveiled in late December of this year families will enjoy larger rooms with spa-like comforts such as three-head showers and luxurious towels. There’s also an in-room area for baby’s first bath, a glider chair, a fully reclining chair for sleeping and of course a flat-screen TV and DVD player for the family’s entertainment needs.  Located on a new floor in the hospital, all rooms have a large window and face the Capitol, Vilas Park or one of St. Mary’s beautiful gardens. 

Those waiting to see the newest member of the family will now do so in style. Common spaces also are more spacious and posh. A fireplace, water feature, kitchenette and young siblings’ play area help provide a more relaxed, visitor-friendly atmosphere.

“Having a baby is so much more than just giving birth,” says Holly Halberslaben, the director of the Family Care Suites.  “It’s one of the most memorable moments of a woman’s life.  We are excited to open this brand new section and really take the whole experience to a new level.”

Check out the video of today's announcement here:  http://ow.ly/2AIP1


Family Birth Center Remodel Project – Fast Facts 

Opens late December 2010

Patient Rooms:

·        Expanding from 30 current rooms to 37

·        Patient rooms complete with 3-head bathroom shower, Tempurpedic-style double bed, soothing colors and many spa-like amenities

·        In-room area for baby's first bath includes large basin and warming light

·        Recliner/sleeper for guests

·        New flat screen TV with DVD player

·        Cherry-like wood furniture, wood-like laminate flooring

·        Large window in all patient rooms, face Vilas Park, St. Mary’s gardens or Capitol


Family Waiting Area:

·        Spacious area for family and friends to relax

·        Beautiful view of St. Mary’s gardens

·        Cozy fireplace

·        Soothing water-feature

·        TV, computers, free wireless

·        Kitchenette

·        Sibling play area



·        Double the size of the current nursery

·        Large window for visitors to see in

·        Adjustable lighting for comfort of the babies 


Mother’s Boutique:

·        Located within the unit

·        Convenient source for breastfeeding supplies


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