To address the space and privacy concerns of new mothers, the gift will support the creation of fourteen labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum rooms as well as new waiting rooms. The rebuilt unit will feature an eight-bed level-two neonatal intensive care unit, four triage rooms, renovated operating rooms for cesarean sections, a relocated perinatal center, and additional space for expansion. Construction is slated to begin later this year and is expected to be completed by 2021.
"We were aware that Mercy Hospital South was committed to making improvements in the mother/baby service, and Boniface Foundation is delighted to step up with the necessary funding to create the new space," said Boniface Foundation board chair Win Reed. "Our hope is that moms, babies, and families will find the new space to be inviting and comforting."
"Mercy and Mercy Hospital South have always been leaders in caring for women and children," said Mike McCurry, Mercy executive vice president and chief operating officer. "This financial commitment will enable us to provide quality service in an environment close to those we serve in South County and beyond."