Just minutes after the newly remodeled labor and delivery area at Mercy Hospital Jefferson was officially put into service, the first baby was born in the Woman and Child Center on the hospital’s third floor.
Rylin LeAnn McCallister was delivered by caesarean section in one of two recently renovated surgical suites. With Dr. Melinda Auer and Dr. Jacob Peyton in attendance, Bobbie Hobson of DeSoto gave birth to her 8 pound, 10 ounce daughter at about 8:35 a.m. on June 9, about one week ahead of her scheduled due date.
Greeted by her 2-year-old big sister Avery and dad Lance McCallister, Rylin arrived without complications.
Hobson recovered for a few hours in the new labor and delivery suites before returning to the post-partum patient rooms on the same floor. The second phase of the construction project to renovate the post-partum patient rooms is scheduled to begin June 20. Rooms will be closed and remodeled in sections to keep the unit operating throughout the construction project.
The labor and delivery renovation did not change the capacity, as the unit has the same number (five) labor and delivery rooms, and the same number of c-section suites (two) as it had before the construction. It is the size and amenities that make the difference.
“The rooms are larger with individual private restrooms and large showers. The c-section suites are equipped with the latest technologies,” said Bernadette Hill, nurse manager for the Woman and Child Center. “We also have a special care nursery for infants with critical needs, and new waiting areas specifically for labor and delivery families.”
Once the renovations are complete on the patient rooms a grand reopening event will show case the entire unit.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.