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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Carroll Hospital Unveils New Entrance to The Family Birthplace

CONTACT: Simone Lindsay, 410-871-7121

Westminster, Md. – (January 31, 2018) — Close to 100 people gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new entrance to The Family Birthplace at Carroll Hospital on January 25. The new South Entrance marks the completion of the first of four phases of The Family Birthplace renovation and implementation of the new Neonatal Couplet Care program.

The event featured remarks from Leslie Simmons, president of Carroll Hospital, who recalled the first baby who was born just six hours after opening the doors at the hospital in 1961. She highlighted the extraordinary care the hospital’s obstetric team provides and recognized the many guests who either were born or had children or grandchildren who were delivered at the hospital.

Attendees, who included the Board of Directors, hospital supporters, and Family Birthplace physicians and staff, were given tours of the space. The renovations consist of the Randy E. Rager waiting room and six private triage rooms to quickly and more comfortably evaluate expecting mothers. For Family Birthplace staff, it includes a new lounge area, offices and several rooms for on-call physicians to rest.

“This is just the first phase,” said Leslie Simmons, president of Carroll Hospital, during her remarks. “We will soon be working on new operating suites, a family lounge and, most importantly, on our Neonatal Couplet Care Suites. These rooms will provide great comfort for families who have babies born prematurely or require specialized care, so that mom and dad can stay with the baby in a private room rather than a crowded NICU until the baby is ready to go home,” she added.

Officially opening to patients on Monday, February 5, the dedicated entrance is available 24 hours, seven days a week for Family Birthplace patients and visitors. The South Entrance will also allow after-hours access rather than utilizing the Emergency Room.

“I am very excited that we are finally able to see the works of all of our preparations and discussions,” said Cynthia Roldan, M.D., chief of pediatrics at Carroll Hospital, at the ceremony.  “All the teamwork that went into opening this area was just amazing,” she added.

To access The Family Birthplace, visitors and patients will enter what is now called the hospital’s South Entrance. The entrance will be staffed with security personnel 24/7, and any visitor or support person entering the hospital after visiting hours will need to enter through the new entrance. Visitors to The Family Birthplace also will be required to show photo identification in order to enter the maternity unit.

The $13.5 million expansion project to implement the Neonatal Family Centered Couplet Care program at Carroll Hospital will add 9,000 square feet to The Family Birthplace and is expected to be completed in August 2019.

Carroll Hospital, a LifeBridge Health center, is a nonprofit, acute care facility in Carroll County offering a continuum of services, including comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and community programs.

Photo captions:

Top Photo: From left to right: Tom Zirpoli, Carroll Hospital board member; Dennis Simpson, community member; and Jack Tevis, Carroll Hospital board member, celebrate the opening of the new entrance to The Family Birthplace.

Bottom Photo: Carroll Hospital Foundation board member Alex Myers and his wife, Cindy, enjoy the dedication of the expanded Family Birthplace where their two children were born.