9/25/2013 11:14:00 AM VMH reports record number of births during FY 2013
The Veterans Memorial Hospital staff is happy to announce that the hospital experienced 135 newborn deliveries - a record number in the last 25 years. “We are very excited to see this growing interest each year in our Maternity Services at Veterans Memorial Hospital,” stated Mike Myers, hospital administrator. “Our staff is proud of our facility and services which offer a very personal, private, and personal approach to labor and delivery. They go the extra mile to be sure our moms and families have the best experience possible, making it all very memorable.” Veterans Memorial Hospital opened its new Maternity Services suites in May of 2000, with three equally attractive, roomy family suites available for parents to enjoy their new baby, as well as offer more comfort to relatives and friends who come to visit. By 2006, due to the increase in deliveries each year, a new maternity waiting room for family and friends was added to the extended department, as well as an early labor/stress test room. In 2011, Veterans Memorial Hospital added a new birthing tub room to the department as a birthing option for parents to consider when delivering their next child. This room was completely remodeled along with a new adjoining bathroom and new birthing tub purchased by the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, and offered much more space for the families who wish to have a water birth. Not always is the tub used for the actual delivery of the baby, but it has proved to be a very effective way for moms to labor, offering great relaxation which leads to a faster progression of the labor. In 2012, many upgrades were completed in the Veterans Memorial Hospital Maternity Services Department. Furniture, carpeting and décor were all replaced, plus new couches were purchased for the patient rooms as well as sofa tables, new cabinets, and even small refrigerators and microwaves for the comfort and convenience of the patients and their families. Almost all of these upgrades were made possible through staff donations, in addition to a new bassinet which was also purchased with the staff funds to help meet the demand of the increasing deliveries each year experienced by the hospital. “Our plan is that the delivery of any infant be a positive and special moment for each family, but also that each family have access to efficient medical care,” stated Diane Allison, Nursing and Maternity Services Supervisor. “Our goal is to give a warm inviting atmosphere for delivery, but also give high quality care. I really feel that this is accomplished - our medical and nursing staff make patient care and safety their priority and we are very excited to see this increase in our deliveries.” Not only has the number of deliveries at Veterans Memorial Hospital grown considerably over the last 25 years, but the size of the hospital’s maternity services team has as well. The delivering physicians now include Dr. Dave Schwartz, Dr. Andrea Venteicher, Dr. Steven Perkins, Dr. Benjamin Nesseim, Dr. Melissa Simon and Dr. Ben Ross. Physician Assistants Jenny Stegen, PA-C, and Jessica Everman, PA, and Nurse Practitioners Michelle Mertens-Dodgen, C.N.P., and Elizabeth Leschensky, C.N.P., also offer prenatal care for all moms, with one of the physicians on staff performing the delivery. Any expectant parents or couples planning to start a family soon are welcome to tour the Maternity Services facility. Call Diane Allison, Nursing and Maternity Services Supervisor, or Amy Bowden, OB Manager, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 to arrange a time for a tour or to answer any questions.
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