First concept of Phoebe's Women and Children hospital released

The plan was developed after taking input from various professionals during stakeholder meetings. / Colby Gallagher

After announcing the plan in July to put a freestanding Women's and Children's hospital at Phoebe North, the first broad concept was released.

Tracy Morgan from Women's and Children's Services presented the floor plan to the Board of Directors during a meeting on Wednesday. The plan was developed after taking input from various professionals during stakeholder meetings.

Morgan says everyone has different concepts of what they think is better and the hospital wanted to hear everyone's ideas to develop what they believe is the best plan.

"We may have our concept of what we think they need, but we need to know from every facet of that from the community, from the physicians to make sure they are able to have what they need," said Morgan.

Dr. Stephen Wolinsky, a cardiologist and president of the Medical Executive Committee, says allowing employees to give their input has been a great process and he couldn't be happier with the concept.

"After that decision's been made, they continue to engage both physicians, community people to help drive the ultimate creation of what will be I think a first-class Women's and Children's Hospital," said Dr. Wolinsky.

The plan focused on deciding what areas could be scaled down and what departments would be most efficient next to or near each other. On one floor, the C-section prep room sits directly next to the operating beds allowing easy transition from one to the other.

Dr. Wolinsky says taking the areas out that aren't needed and putting them in the appropriate facilities allows the hospital to maximize their resources and provide better service.

"We have one of the only neo-natal intensive care units in the region. To be able to move that to this hospital gives us added capacity. It also allows us to provide a much newer facility that has greater capacity and technology," said Dr. Wolinsky

Also part of the concept is the plan to make the delivery process more personal by allowing the babies to stay with their parents to bond.

"The outcomes are out there, they are very compelling that keeping the families together when their baby is in a very emergent situation is the way to go," said Morgan.

The hospital plans to utilize daylight as a way to relieve stress and will focus on therapeutic remedies as well.

Morgan says they are finding out things such as aromatherapy, massage techniques and more are also important in the healing process and they want to put those to good use in this plan -- but don't expect to see any of these new services just yet.

"We're looking at probably a couple of years or more down the road as we get this all put together. There's certain aspects and design elements, schematics."

They will consistently hold stakeholders meetings to continue receiving input during the process.