New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation marked the completed $2 million modernization of the HHC North Central Bronx Hospital labor and delivery unit with an October ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house attended by staff, patients, community advocates and elected officials who toured the renovated space.
According to a news release, the new unit features eight private labor and delivery rooms and is complemented by a 26-bed post-partum unit, which will include new nurse stations and computers, among other patient- and staff-friendly upgrades.
The unit will be staffed by a team of 91 healthcare professionals, including nurses, physicians, physician assistants and midwives who have been training together for a few months and conducted simulated birthing scenarios in the new space to help build teamwork and communication, the release said.
This is a huge victory for our patients, Anne Bové, RN, New York State Nurses Associations HHC/mayoral executive council president, said in the release. Bronx moms and babies once again have access to the care they need at NCBH because of the incredible perseverance of our coalition of patients, nurses, doctors, caregivers and community and elected leaders in the City of New York.
The renovation, funded in part with $600,000 from the New York City Council, features a new PACU, upgrades to inpatient-to-staff communication systems and installation of a new infant protection system, the release said.
Labor and delivery services at NCBH were suspended in August 2013 because of physician and other staff vacancies HC and NCBH leadership believed could put patient care at risk. The release said an aggressive recruitment and hiring effort took place, including the appointment of Michael Zinaman. MD, as chairman of the OB-GYN department. HHC officials also worked with community advocates and elected officials to ensure the restoration of services.
I am very pleased to hear that North Central Bronx Hospital maternity unit will be able to keep providing invaluable medical services to the Bronx community, U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York) said in the release.