Kadlec Birth Center rooms to receive $2 million in improvements

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New colors, sofa sleepers, lights, bathrooms included in work

The rooms used to welcome babies into the world at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland will be remodeled and updated as part of a more than $2 million project.

With nearly 2,800 babies born at the Richland hospital last year and a room remodel completed 23 years ago, it’s time, said Melanie O’Brien, Birth Center manager.

Each of the 18 labor and delivery rooms will receive a facelift that includes updated finish materials and color schemes, new sleeper sofas, improved procedural lighting, updated bathrooms and new radiant warmers used for resuscitation and thermoregulation of the infant.

The Birth Center’s four antepartum rooms, where pregnant patients required to be on bed rest may stay longer, also will see improvements.

The rooms were last remodeled in 1994.

The design challenge was working within each room’s available space, O’Brien said.

The rooms won’t be bigger but they’ll be “getting a nice facelift,” she said.

Nursing staff will benefit from new nurse server carts in each room. Supplies for IVs, Foley catheters, gauze, tape and other items will be stored in the new wheeled carts. The carts also will have a locked drawer to store patient medication. These items are currently kept in fixed cabinet drawers and are difficult to get into, O’Brien said.

Nurses will be able to pull out the new carts from underneath a counter and move them to a convenient area, O’Brien said.

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Kristina Lord

Kristina Lord

Kristina Lord has more than 21 years of journalism experience and has been editor of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times since July 2016. She spent more than 17 years at the Tri-City Herald and also worked at weekly newspapers in Prosser, Grandview and Yelm. She’s a longtime member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ William O. Douglas chapter and a board member of Warrior Sisterhood, a Tri-Cities Cancer Center support group. She and her husband have two young daughters and they live in West Richland.

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