New Women’s & Children’s Center Delivers on Mom’s Experience
The Cone Health Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital opens Feb. 23.
Greensboro—Vibrant colors, abundant natural light and technology that appears only when needed are a few of the features of the new Cone Health Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital. This morning, a ribbon cutting was held for the $100 million project. It opens Sunday, Feb. 23. It will be staffed by the same doctors and nurses that thousands of families have trusted at Cone Health Women’s Hospital for nearly 30 years.
“Our goal was not to build a hospital, but to design the ideal place for one of life’s ultimate experiences,” says Terry Akin, CEO, Cone Health. “Our charge was to actually surpass the experience of our beloved Women’s Hospital.”
Women’s Hospital staff and physicians, along with dozens of former patients and community members, helped design the 195,678 sq. ft. addition to the Moses Cone Hospital. Full-sized rooms were built out of cardboard to test every detail. Countless surveys were taken. Paint swatches were studied, and fabrics were touched. “We wanted to know, not only what people thought of a color or texture, but how it made them feel. Childbirth is a deeply emotional, personal experience,” says Karin Henderson, RN, executive director, strategic management, . “Our design captures that in the patient surroundings, by promoting privacy and by keeping our advanced technology as inconspicuous as possible.”
Labor and delivery rooms feature hidden lights that drop from the ceiling only when needed. Patient rooms have pass-throughs for meals and supplies, meaning fewer interruptions.
The Women’s & Children’s Center also features medical advances. The neonatal intensive care unit is 45 private rooms, instead of pods where neonates are clustered together. This allows families privacy and the ability to stay the night with their child. And the center is one of the first places in the state to offer couplet care. If a mom must have a C-section and the baby needs intensive care for example, the two can remain together with one care team. “When mom and baby need each other the most, we often separate them,” says Debbie Cunningham, DNP, RN, senior vice president, Cone Health. “More and more hospitals find both moms and babies are happier, recover faster and go home sooner with couplet care.”
In addition to medical advances and a patient-centered design, the Women’s & Children’s Center includes its own entrance to the Moses Cone Hospital campus on Northwood Street, a connected parking deck and free 24/7 valet service.
“The Women’s & Children’s Center is ready. It is the next generation of care for the next generation of women,” adds Cunningham.