December 15, 2014 – Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) is now among the growing number of hospitals nationwide adopting hospitality trends into the design of patient spaces, creating a more contemporary, relaxing experience.
EHMC recently debuted the latest completed phase of its $90 million expansion plan, with the opening of its modernized labor and delivery unit in the new Family Birth Place on December 10.
“We had a patient-friendly environment in mind, which would provide the comforts of home with the safety and security expected in a hospital setting,” explained Faith Frieden, MD, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at EHMC. One added benefit includes whirlpool tubs that can be used for hydrotherapy, so patients can have more choices for labor support and pain relief.”
The new space offers warm design elements, including wood floors, soothing paint colors, and chic lighting fixtures. The modern style is incorporated into eight labor and delivery rooms with private bathrooms and 75 percent more space than existing rooms. A triage area allows those rooms to remain reserved for laboring mothers. The upgrades also include a step-down unit for monitoring of high-risk cases and two operating rooms equipped with the latest technology to be used for planned or emergency C sections.
“The Family Birth Place was redesigned to meet the needs of patients during their labor experience and to bring the level of aesthetics up to the high level of the quality of our medical care,” explained Dr. Frieden.
“Our goal is to deliver a 5-star experience every step of the way,” said Jackie Gonzalez, MSN, RNC-MNN, Patient Care Director of the Labor and Delivery unit at EHMC. “This is the final phase of pregnancy – it’s all about the moms and what they need. We have thought of every single amenity and convenience to ensure that their experience is nothing short of perfect.”
Similar strategies are underway at hospitals across the country, as providers move to transform outdated facilities into luxury accommodations typically associated with highly rated hotels.
“People now have more choices when it comes to selecting the type of care that best fits their lifestyle,” said Warren Geller, President and CEO of EHMC. “It is our duty to provide the ultimate patient experience – not only with compassionate, quality care, but in an environment where patients can feel at home. Our hospital is constantly evolving to deliver that experience. EHMC’s new Family Birth Place is a reflection of our commitment to bringing the best of both worlds – clinical expertise and comfort – to the bedside of our patients. ”