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Mobile, Ala. (March 13, 2008)
Contact: Bob Lowry, USA Children's & Women's Hospital, (251) 415-1358

USA Children's & Women's Hospital Expansion Approved by USA Board of Trustees

Children's and Women's Proposed Expansion
The proposed expansion. Click the image above for a larger view.

The University of South Alabama Board of Trustees at their March 13 meeting approved expansion plans for USA Children's & Women's Hospital.  The three-story expansion on the west side of the hospital will provide additional space for children's care while the existing section will see more women's services.

 

"We're gratified for the support of the University's Board of Trustees," Dr. Becky DeVillier, USA Children's & Women's Hospital administrator, said.  "Our community increasingly is choosing USA Children's & Women's Hospital for their health care needs, and the expansion will allow us to serve even more patients."

 

Details of the expansion are being worked out, but it will include more operating rooms, neonatal and pediatric intensive care rooms, OB/GYN intensive care rooms, labor/delivery/recovery rooms, pediatric rooms, therapy services clinics and offices, and surgical clinics.

 

New space will also be provided for an expanded cafeteria and kitchen, as well as a new auditorium, classrooms and offices.  The hospital's parking area will also be expanded.

 

With some 3,000 deliveries annually, USA Children's & Women's Hospital is Mobile's leader in births.  The hospital has the area's only neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, specially equipped and staffed to provide the most advanced care for premature, critically ill and critically injured children.

 

The hospital features the award-winning USS Hope pediatric cancer and sickle cell treatment center, which uses "distraction therapy" to give young patients the feeling of traveling in a submarine during their visit.  Also, the hospital's High Risk OB unit and the Labor/Delivery/Recovery unit are the regional referral centers for high-risk obstetrical patients for the central Gulf Coast region.

 
Exterior of USA Children's and Women's Hospital
Exterior of USA Children's and Women's Hospital
 

USA Children's & Women's Hospital is one of less than ten freestanding children's and women's hospitals in the country.  The hospital moved into its current facility in 1997.

 

To learn more about USA Children's & Women's Hospital, please visit www.southalabama.edu/usacwh.

 
 
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