Cone Health Reaches Milestone With New Women’s Hospital
Final steel moves into place as the halfway mark is reached in construction.
Cone Health marks a milestone in the construction of the 196,000-square-foot project at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital with a topping out ceremony. The $100 million project will unite the women’s services at Women’s Hospital with the children’s services at Moses Cone Hospital.
Several beams, signed by Cone Health staff, will be added to the six-story structure following a brief ceremony at the site on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 9 a.m.
“We value the relationships we build with each family that chooses Women’s Hospital or Alamance Regional Medical Center for maternity care,” says Debbie Cunningham, DNP, president, Women’s Hospital and Behavioral Health Services, and senior vice president, Cone Health. “We want them to feel comfortable and safe before, during and after their hospital stay. This project is part of our promise to our patients to be “right here with you.”
More than 900 staff, multiple physicians, former patients and others took part in designing the facility. “That focus will be very evident both in our final structure and in the level of care and service we will continue providing in this facility,” says Cone Health CEO Terry Akin. “This truly will be a model for future generations, and our patients and communities will benefit.”
The project will include an expanded, 45-bed neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital will also offer couplet care, allowing babies needing intensive care and their mothers to be cared for in the same room.
The emphasis on those early bonds is not lost on those hoisting the beams into place. “As a parent, I can attest to the importance of spending time together in a child’s early days,” says Scott Duckworth, regional vice president of general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie. “We know this will be the perfect place for families across the Piedmont to celebrate some of life’s most important moments.”