After three years of renovations and new construction, PAH’s new Well Mother & Baby Unit officially opened on February 26. Nearly 5,000 babies are delivered each year at PAH, the most in the City of Philadelphia. With the addition of the new unit, the hospital now offers three full floors – a total of 54 rooms, 18 per floor – of all private rooms dedicated solely to new mothers and their newborns.
Shown here at the opening celebration of the new, all private room Well Mother & Baby Unit from L to R are: Jack Ludmir MD, chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology at PAH; Ralph Muller, CEO, UPHS; Marybeth Lahey, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager, Well Mother & Baby; Pamela Power, MSN APRN, BC, clinical director, Women’s Health; Ruth DiLeo, BSN, RN, assistant nurse manager, Labor & Delivery, PETU & APU; and Elizabeth Quigley, MSN, RNC-OB, nurse manager, Labor & Delivery.
The opening of the new unit is part of PAH’s $61 million long-range facility master plan. “Pennsylvania Hospital has a long history as a premier hospital for obstetrical services in Philadelphia, so we’re really excited to expand our offerings by providing private rooms to all of our maternity patients,” said R. Michael Buckley, MD, the hospital’s executive director.
PAH is the first hospital in the City of Philadelphia to offer all private maternity suites. Mothers and their babies progress to Well Mother & Baby private rooms following their labor and delivery. Each new suite offers contemporary and comfortable furniture, soft colors, subdued lighting, a flat screen television, and a spacious restroom layout with an open shower stall. New suites also include a full-sized convertible sofa sleeper to provide overnight accommodations for a family member or friend, combination safes to secure personal belongings, and charging stations for mobile devices.