Prior to this project, the obstetrics suite was located on the second floor of the main hospital and was difficult to find as it was accessed via a set of elevators and/or a staircase which are located on the main floor of the hospital in the center of the building. Additionally, the room arrangements and requirements needed to be adjusted to enable staff to provide the level of care consistent MidMichigan Medical Center—Gratiot brand and mission.
Through a collaborative master planning initiative at MidMichigan Medical Center—Gratiot, the hospital identified the obstetrics suite as a priority renovation project to:
- Increase patient privacy
- Move to the LDRP model of care for the entire suite
- Improve staff efficiencies and sightlines in the suite
- Update operating room (OR) for C-sections
The renovation was designed to provide patients with a caring, comfortable, and family-centered place to give birth which included moving the suite to the 3rd floor to improve access to care. The new suite includes 3 private triage rooms, 9 birthing suites with private bathrooms, 4 post-partum recovery rooms with private bathrooms, a state-of-the art OR for C-sections, a nursery, a high-tech security system, and in-room amenities such as large screen TVs, a sleeping couch for the mother’s support person, and mini-refrigerators for patients to keep their favorite refreshments during their stay.