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CMC-Union wraps up $57M expansion, opens women and children’s center

17 November 2014

By Jennifer Thomas, Charlotte Business Journal

Carolinas HealthCare System has wrapped construction on a $57 million project that expands services for women and children at its Monroe hospital.

CMC-Union opened its 87,000-square-foot women and children's center on Monday. An additional 22,550 square feet of space was renovated for a pediatrics unit with 13 pediatric rooms.

Plus, more parking was added, the main entrance was redone and the lobby expanded. The hospital also added 25 medical and surgical beds by renovating existing space, where labor and delivery services were previously located.

The sharpened focus on women's and children's services comes as more young families choose to call Union County home, says Mike Lutes, president of CMC-Union.

"What we really want to do is meet the growing needs of Union County," he adds. "We've just taken it to the next level."

The new women's and children's center has modernized its care delivery options and expanded services offered at the hospital, says Denise White, chief nursing officer.

It added 24 labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites, creating a more family-centered environment for care. Previously, the hospital had labor and delivery rooms that required patients to be transferred into different rooms after delivery, with the baby moved to the nursery.

"It really is more than bricks and mortar — it's really a whole new model of delivery that enhances that overall experience," White says.

The hospital anticipates it will deliver about 1,400 babies this year. That number is expected to increase as the county's population grows, White says.

CMC-Union also is working closely with Carolinas HealthCare's Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte to provide additional pediatric services.

It signed a contract with the children's hospital about a year ago for pediatric hospitalist services. Virtual medicine also has increased capabilities, allowing for consultation between specialists at the two facilities.

Says Lutes: "We can take care of our patients here. They don't have to drive to Charlotte."


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