DeTar Hospital North to undergo $3.3M renovations
Jan. 10, 2018 at 10:21 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Nearly every square inch of DeTar Hospital North's second floor will be upgraded and improved.
The major renovation will focus on the hospital's labor and delivery and women's services units.
DeTar Healthcare System announced the start of the $3.3 million construction project this week.
Missy Jobe, director of women and children's services at DeTar Healthcare System, said the staff is ecstatic about the changes.
"It's been 14 years," she said. "We're ready for a new look."
Phase one begins in the women's services wing and will offer new sleeper recliners for the comfort of guests.
The second phase, which is expected to start in May, will be in the labor and delivery wing's birthing suites.
These 13 labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum rooms welcome nearly 1,300 babies each year.
Improvements will include new furniture such as sleeper couches and rockers as well as flat-screen TVs.
Jobe said the new colors will be calm and relaxing while modern.
Plans for the cosmetic renovations feature grays, blues and cherry wood.
"We definitely want a more accommodating environment for our patients but we also want to be competitive with the community," she said.
Hospital CEO Gary Malaer said the project will be done in phases to allow hospital procedures to continue without interruption.
"Our primary concern is our patients' safety and comfort," he said. "We hope to maintain patient satisfaction by working in phases so we may continue to admit patients to the units."
With the renovation project comes new equipment and double doors that can be locked to make the unit more secure for patients.
The project is expected to be completed by November.
"We appreciate the patience and support of those we serve as we develop enhanced women and children's units that are as responsive to the needs of our physicians and employees and, most importantly, our community's needs for the next chapter of health care in Victoria," Malaer said.