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The University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital will nearly double its size as it dedicates a new, 195,000-square-foot expansion at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. The public is invited to attend the event, which will feature a children’s choir of patients and former patients and testimonials from those who have been helped by the hospital. Tours of the hospital will be available after the event.
The $72.6 million expansion, funded by the USA Health System and the USA Foundation and private gifts, features more space for the hospital’s neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, additional operating rooms, and larger patient rooms to better accommodate visitors and families. Vital support services such as an enlarged cafeteria and kitchen, and professional teaching and community education space are also included in the five-level expansion. Two “family rooms” have been created by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile Inc.
USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital will also host a Community Open House on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2 – 5 p.m. sponsored by Hancock Bank. All are invited to attend the event, which will include tours, refreshments, face-painting, music, and arts and crafts.
With nearly 2,700 deliveries each year, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is Mobile’s leader in births. The hospital has the area’s only Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and a pediatric intensive care unit, each uniquely equipped and staffed to provide the region’s most advanced care for premature, critically ill and critically injured children. The NICU treats some 1,000 babies each year, with one-quarter of the babies coming from other hospitals in the region.
USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital also features the award-winning USS Hope pediatric cancer and sickle cell treatment center, along with a High-Risk Obstetrical unit and a Labor and Delivery unit that are regional referral centers. The hospital’s Mapp Child and Family Life therapy program addresses developmental, physical, and emotional needs of young patients, and includes the unique Class Act school that teaches nearly 1,000 children every year.
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