The completion of the second phase of renovations at Stettler Hospital and Care Centre was marked Friday.
Two new labour and delivery suites opened Feb. 6, replacing the previous single room.
The new suites allow moms to remain in the same space for labour, delivery and postpartum care for the duration of their stay, with more privacy, comfort and security, officials say.
This is the second of three phases in the $9.3-million project.
“We are thrilled with the improvements to our hospital so far, with more still to come,” said site manager Diane Palmer.
“We know that these labour and delivery upgrades will improve the experience for moms, and they will provide a superior environment for the health-care team to care for their patients,” she said.
“Being able to be in that room with your family, and not have to move out of that room, is really a standard of practice,” she noted of the upgrades.
“Now, we also have total security,” she said. “It’s just outstanding. And with the help of the foundation, they’ve given us a lot of equipment that we didn’t have.”
The feedback has been positive, said Palmer.
“The doctors are thrilled and the nurses and staff love it, too. The families that have been in there are ecstatic as well.”
The first phase, which wrapped up last October, included the creation of the new pharmacy and gift shop, as well as modifications to the cafeteria.
The third phase of the renovations, slated to begin next month, entails upgrades to the emergency department.
These will include adding three stretchers, two treatment chairs and installing an area that will be more private for people in crisis.
Palmer said those upgrades will hopefully be completed by the end of this year or by early 2021.