$1.45 million improvement project to enhance comfort and convenience for birthing families

 

Melrose, Massachusetts – Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, one of the first hospitals in Massachusetts to be designated Baby Friendly by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, is announcing plans to invest $1.45M in its labor-and-delivery space to ensure the most up-to-date, patient-friendly experience for delivering mothers, their newborns, and family and friends.

The renovations include reconfiguring birthing-room space to provide more of a luxury hotel-like experience for patients with the latest in comfort and design amenities, such as luxury showers, modern furnishings and lighting, charging stations for personal electronics, and abundant personal storage space. Newly renovated suites are planned to come online as early in as 10 months with an expected completion date of early 2019.

“Our physicians, nurses and staff take tremendous pride in delivering the next generation to the region,” said Daniel Witkowski, MD, chairman, Department of OB/GYN at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. “So many of our delivering parents tell us that they were born here, as were their parents. We want to make it an easy choice for them to keep those traditions. These renovations and investments will enhance the levels of comfort and convenience that our patients are looking for in their birthing experience.”

The planned renovations reflect the hospital’s approach to providing personalized obstetrical care based on preferences of new mothers in the highest quality setting.

Local Neonatal Special Care

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital’s Level II Special Care Nursery provides a higher level of care and scope of services for those times when it is needed. Staffed 24-hours-a-day by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center neonatologists and specially-trained nurses, the Special Care Nursery keeps mothers and babies together here in the community when more complex care is needed. Our Level II Special Care Nursery’s comprehensive medical care team includes lactation consultants, registered dietitians, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and social workers. Our team is committed to providing newborns and their parents the highest quality of care and services possible, in a compassionate and supportive environment.

High-Quality Community Care

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital maternal newborn services has received many honors and distinctions for providing high-quality, family-centered care and maintains one of the lowest c-section rates in Massachusetts according to data released annually by Consumer Reports using figures from the Leapfrog Group and the American Hospital Association.

  • • Melrose-Wakefield Hospital is a designated Baby-Friendly hospital since 2012. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
  • • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has named Melrose-Wakefield Hospital as a Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program for its exceptional quality and patient satisfaction.
  • • Other recent accolades for quality care include Melrose-Wakefield Hospital’s 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades. The distinction places Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in the top 5 percent for clinical performance among nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. The hospital also has an “A” rating – the highest rating -- from the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

During the renovations, there will be no disruption in service.

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