Quincy Medical Center plans to invest over $30 million into a slew of capital projects over the next year including the re-establishment of the hospital's maternity ward.
The previous maternity service, which delivered an average of 1,200 babies a year, closed in 1998 and was replaced with Quincy Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Unit on the second floor of the C-wing.
Now, the soon-to-be-created 22,000 square foot maternity suite will encompass the entirety of the hospital’s sixth floor, delivering approximately 2,000 babies a year.
The new suite responds to a need that Daniel Knell, QMC President who came on board with the organization after Steward Health Care bought Quincy Medical Center in October, said he has heard about continuously.
“’Bring maternity back to Quincy’ is what I’ve heard over and over as I’ve been out talking to people in the community,” Knell said in a release. “There is a very strong connection between this hospital and generations of families who were born here. We want to make sure that this service is here for generations to come.”
The project will cost a total of $12.8 million, and will begin late 2012 pending approval from the state’s Department of Public Health.
“We are working diligently to modernize the facility, and to bring on more physicians and services to meet the needs of our community,” Knell said. “We are eager to present a whole new face of Quincy Medical Center and Steward Health Care System.”
The goal is “to be the hospital of choice for the people in the communities we serve,” said spokesperson Sandra McGunigle in an email. “The main hope is to provide the highest quality, most up-to-date care for our patients in a modern, comfortable and welcoming environment.”
The investments come only months after Steward Health Care purchased the debt-riddled Quincy Medical Center with the promise that new investments in the facility and new hirings would hopefully revive the crippled organization.
In recent months, the hospital has continued along that promise, hiring two new pulmonologists in late November, and finishing Emergency Department renovations.
Moving forward, the medical center will also invest $3.4 million into a renovation of the parking area, which will include improvements to traffic flow, creation of a new patient drop off, and handicapped parking.
The project already began in 2011 with the demolition of the Gordon House building. Administrators expect it to be complete this spring.
QMC will also invest $600,000 into the creation of a 12-bed orthopedics suite specifically designed for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery, which is scheduled to open in approximately eight weeks.
According to a release, the unit will include the latest in technology.
Finally, the hospital has earmarked $11 million for a multi-phase renovation of its surgical suite, including the renovation of six operating rooms, 20 perioperative bays, and patient and family support space.
QMC will additionally construct a $3 million, 6,500 square foot, two-story glass enclosed lobby and reception area at the rear of the hospital. Slated to begin in the spring, the new reception area will incorporate new registration and admitting area as well as an expanded radiology waiting room.
Not only will the improvements hopefully make the hospital more competitive, but it will also increase employment in the area, Knell said.
“We are very excited about the revitalization of Quincy Medical Center and what it means to our patients and our surrounding community,” Knell said. “Not only are we improving the services we offer, we are also contributing to the local economy. Construction and economic activity from these projects are expected to create more than 150 new jobs in Quincy.”