June 29, 2006

First Baby Arrives Early at New Women’s Center

With the grand opening still a week away, the new SCMH Women’s Center already has served one local family.

The stork has been making special deliveries to the hospital in Memphis since 1970. But a very generous delivery by the Missouri Foundation for Health combined with the efforts of Scotland County Memorial Hospital allowed the most recent birth in the community to occur in the all new state-of-the–art surroundings of the new SCMH Women’s Center.

Kayden Elizabeth Talbert, was born June 22. She was the first birth at the hospital’s new facility, which just recently opened.

Kayden’s mother, Jennifer, was born at SCMH. Jennifer’s aunt was one of the first five babies born at the fledgling hospital after it first opened its doors in 1970. Grandmother Mary Simpson could attest that the facility has come a long way since she was one of the first mothers to deliver in Memphis.

After more than a quarter century serving the community, SCMH has taken another big step toward improving healthcare services for the region.

On July 7, 2006 at 1:00 PM, Scotland County Memorial Hospital will host an open house for the public at the new Women’s Center.

“We hope everyone will attend to share in the excitement of the new SCMH Women’s Center,” said public relations director Bud Wilson.

There will be a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony featuring state and federal dignitaries including Congressman Kenny Hulshof, State Representative Brian Munzlinger, and Dr. James Kimmey, Missouri Foundation for Health CEO. Tours of the facility will be offered and refreshments will be served.

The SCMH Women’s Center featuring Childbirth and Beyond was funded by a $1,318,255 grant awarded in 2005 by the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), and matching funds from SCMH. Together, the project’s total cost was more than $2.28 million.

“These funds not only allowed for hospital expansion but also added needed staff members and state-of-the-art technological equipment for the new facility,” stated Wilson.

Groundbreaking began last spring and Sparks Construction and the SCMH maintenance staff completed the finishing touches on the facility in June.

The Women’s Center surgery suite and added patient rooms are located adjoining the east end of the hospital, just north of Memphis Medical Clinic.

“This location serves a dual purpose, not only connecting the facility to the hospital but also allowing easy access for the physicians who can access the OB wing from the clinic,” said SCMH CEO Marcia Dial.

Through the collaboration of several area organizations, new services will include family-centered maternity care, free-of-charge prenatal classes, home visits, and follow-up care. Cooperative educational efforts will be provided through the schools in Scotland, Schuyler, and Clark counties.

The MFH grant combined with SCMH in funding more than $600,000 to purchase three new birthing beds, radiant infant warmers, delivery room lighting, a C-section table, sonogram and ultrasound machinery, and portable X-ray and fetal monitoring equipment.

“The new Women’s Center, featuring Childbirth and Beyond, is a much needed expansion to Northeast Missouri’s healthcare system,” said Amy Hunziker of the SCMH public relations department. “SCMH is very proud of this new addition and excited to serve the residents of rural Northeast Missouri. Be sure to attend the open house July 7, 2006 at 1:00 PM as SCMH introduces the new Women’s Center. Come share in the excitement of this new facility.”

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