All-new OB Spaces Coming to Good Samaritan
This story originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Cincinnati Health & Life Magazine.
Maternity areas at the region's premier provider of obstetric care are getting a top-to-bottom makeover.
Widely regarded as one of the top delivery hospitals in Ohio, Good Samaritan Hospital will soon have state of- the-art maternity spaces to match its clinical reputation. “TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital provides the most comprehensive maternity services in the region,” says Melissa Kennedy, Executive Director of TriHealth Women’s Services. “From midwife-attended natural births to very high-risk, complicated deliveries, we are very proud of the excellent care that we provide and are thrilled to be able to offer an updated, welcoming environment with private rooms to all of our maternity patients.”
Kristin Coppage, M.D., Site Director of Good Samaritan Hospital and a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine agrees, adding: “What’s so wonderful about these renovations is that they don’t just involve one unit. They touch the whole spectrum of care for obstetric patients. It’s amazing to see all of the infrastructure being put into place to support the care of pregnant women, from before they’re in labor through delivery and into postpartum.”
Private Maternity Rooms
The first phase of the project—fully updating the Mother and Baby Unit—was completed last year. All postpartum rooms are now private. Currently underway: renovations for the Special Care Unit for high-risk maternity patients who need to stay in the hospital, sometimes for weeks, during their pregnancy. These rooms also will be private.
“Being able to ensure that all pregnant patients have private rooms throughout their stay is very important to us,” says Dr. Coppage. “We want all of our patients and families to have the best possible experience.”
At both Good Samaritan Hospital and Bethesda North Hospital, family-centered care is a core value. “We pride ourselves on the fact that we involve patients in decision-making that occurs during their pregnancy and delivery,” says Dr. Coppage. “We want them to feel that their families also are welcome and involved. Private maternity rooms help to facilitate this.” Women need the support of their families before, during and after giving birth. “That support can be a huge benefit to patients, whether going through an uncomplicated delivery or a significantly complicated course,” says Dr. Coppage.
Kristen Coppage, M.D., Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist and Site Director for TriHealth Women's Services at Good Samaritan Hospital
The new maternity gateway will be through the main Dixmyth entrance. Twenty-four-hour valet parking will be available, and it will be easy to access the new OB triage area, which will be twice the size of the current space. Construction will begin in July and be completed in January 2018.
“The OB triage area will be located together with the maternity greeting area,” says Dr. Coppage, “and is where all patients will come for initial assessment, whether they’re in labor or are experiencing pregnancy complications.” From here, women will be registered bedside and admitted for monitoring or delivery. A final set of renovations in Labor and Delivery will include two new critical care labor-and-delivery rooms, providing state-of-the-art care for the highest risk deliveries.
All of these renovations—complete, underway and planned—will benefit all TriHealth maternity patients. Bethesda North Hospital provides excellent care for patients whose babies are born after 32 weeks of pregnancy. Patients at high risk and those who may need the clinical resources of a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can be cared for at Good Samaritan Hospital.
High-risk patients from across the TriHealth system will benefit from the renovation of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Special Care Unit should any complications arise during their pregnancy.
Such cases are often referred to TriState Maternal Fetal Medicine, a group of 11 high-risk specialists who care for patients at both Bethesda North Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. When needed, inpatient stays are at Good Samaritan Hospital. This cross hospital coverage facilitates the seamless transition of patients to allow for the best care, as determined by each clinical situation.
“Every day we strive to make sure that we’re meeting the needs of our obstetric patients,” says Dr. Coppage. “We have all the medical capabilities to optimize patient outcome, whether low or high risk, and now we’ll have maternity facilities of the same high standard.”