Created: 07/07/2014 6:33 PM KAALtv.com
By: Brianna Long
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Work is nearing completion on an expansion that will double the size of one local hospital. Its set to open in October, and it's Olmsted Medical Center's new Women's Health Pavilion. Right now, it just look like a construction zone, but in just three months, the building will be transformed.
"You'll get the feeling walking in these doors, that you're entering a 4-5 star hotel, rather than what you might commonly associate with a hospital," said OMC spokesman Jeremy Salucka.
The focus will be on women, and more specifically, pregnant women.
"We had outgrown the space. And our patients, especially expectant mothers, deserved much more comfortable amenities. You know, rooms with their own bathrooms and soaking tubs and more secure areas for families to wait and be with their newborn children," said Salucka.
On the second floor, there will be 14 birthing suites, that are considered LDRP rooms. That's where a woman who is having a baby will come and have her labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum all in the same room.
Its not just about comfort. Hospital officials say the new facility will also streamline patient care.
"Patients who will come to the facility will be able to check in, in the rooms rather than have to stop that traditionally the case at a desk for paperwork, submit insurance information, you'll be able to go straight to the care area," added Salucka.
The opening is still a few months away, but officials say they've had women calling, showing quite a bit of interest in the new facility.