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The USA Children's & Women's Hospital Labor & Delivery Unit was recently named for Dr. Hiram Mendenhall, the founding chair of the USA College of Medicine's department of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Mendenhall's widow, Janice, is pictured with family here second from right, and she is part of the nursing faculty at USA.
Over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Hiram Mendenhall touched thousands of lives. His significant contributions were recognized with the official naming of the Hiram W. Mendenhall, M.D., Labor and Delivery Unit at the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital in a recent ceremony.
Dr. Mendenhall was the founding chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine where he served for 17 years. He worked diligently while the labor and delivery department was still located at USA Medical Center to usher in the high standards still in place today.
“Dr. Mendenhall was known for his intense instructional skills with residents, his impeccable bedside manner, and his superb expertise as one of USA’s best physicians,” said Owen Bailey, administrator at Children’s & Women’s Hospital. “He delivered literally thousands of babies and was beloved by his patients. Dr. Mendenhall’s name still resonates with all who came in contact with him during his career.”
While he died 15 years ago, Dr. Mendenhall’s legacy is still alive in the USA community and in the region as he trained hundreds of residents and nurses to be outstanding caregivers to women and newborns. Last year, he was recognized by the Alabama College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as the recipient of the 2013 Alabama Legend in OBGYN Award.
His widow, Jan Mendenhall, is a registered nurse who serves on the faculty of USA’s College of Nursing. As the labor and delivery nurse manager from 1978-2004, she was instrumental in the unit moving from the USA Medical Center to USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
“My husband combined his love of patient care with his love of teaching into one, and many of his residents still, to this day, emulate his practices,” she said. “As for this recognition, knowing him, while I think he’d secretly be honored, he would also say he was not deserving of it. ”
About USA Children's & Women's Hospital
USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is the area’s leading provider of health services for newborn babies and their mothers. The labor and delivery unit successfully delivers more than 2,800 babies each year, an average of five to 15 babies each day, which is twice as many births as any other hospital in Mobile. The unit also features 15 private birthing suites promoting family-centered care and three operating rooms for cesarean section deliveries and other obstetric procedures.
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