Women & Infants Center: 1st Anniversary
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Green and silver balloons declaring “UAB’day” greeted patients, visitors and employees alike at the UAB Women & Infants Center on the first anniversary of its opening. Employees and staff enjoyed donut breaks as part of the celebration and each patient received a gift to commemorate the occasion. In just one year's time, more than 8,000 women and 4,000 babies reaped the benefits of the new UAB Women & Infants Center.
The product of a decade of planning and three years of construction, the 430,000-square-foot UAB building has provided a space for UAB's obstetrics, gynecology, and neonatology services to move their top-notch clinical care programs from outdated buildings to a modern facility. Groups of physicians and nurses were involved in the project from the beginning and worked on every aspect of the design to ensure that the building meets the needs of the patients, their families, and the staff working in the building. The center has won numerous building and design awards.
The Women & Infants Center has provided physicians technologically advanced operating and labor-and-delivery rooms with ample space to house the equipment needed for sophisticated care. In addition, the building offers patients larger rooms with amenities and extra space to accommodate family and visitors. In brief, this building has yielded a more effective unit with a higher quality of patient care and comfort.
“This facility has allowed our excellent clinical team that was already providing outstanding care to provide even better care. The new and expanded facility has been designed to provide an extremely comfortable setting for patients and their families. We could make-do before, but our new environment puts us in a far better position to take care of and accommodate our patients, to make full use of new technologies, and to have room for growth,” Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair William W. Andrews, MD, said at the celebration.
The success of the new building can be seen in the numbers. Already, there has been a 15.4% increase in the number of babies delivered, and overall patient satisfaction scores have risen by 8%.
The center is home to world-renowned gynecologic oncology care and the largest all-private room special care nursery in the country. The urogynecology care service, along with UAB’s Continence Clinic, has been designated the first Center of Excellence for Continence Care by the National Association for Continence. UAB’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program is one of the largest in the nation. We are one of only 14 centers nationwide, and the only one in Alabama to participate in the federal Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network.
UAB has experienced a 50 % increase in demand for women's and infants' services over the past decade, and this facility has been designed to fit the patient capacity and the needs of future generations.
Dr. Andrews says, “We have far more space than ever before and a better environment to provide everything from routine OB-GYN care to high-risk and complex specialty OB-GYN care for a greater number of patients. Our plan for the future is to foster additional growth of these services and to continue to be the centerpiece of women's health care in Alabama.”