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Olean General Hospital Opens Renovated Nursery & OB Unit

Posted on: 09/16/2010

Olean General Hospital hosted a special ceremony to celebrate the completion of a major renovation and expansion project of its Obstetrical (OB) Unit and Nursery.  The project was funded entirely by gifts from the community.  


According to Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO of Olean General Hospital and parent company Upper Allegheny Health System, significant renovation projects like this are examples of the community’s “gifts at work” in the hospital.  $800,000 in gifts from the community were received by the Foundation. 


Karen Fohl, President of the Olean General Hospital Foundation said “The significance of this project is not just that we were able to make this such a special place for babies to be born, and to improve the patient experience, but that it drew together so much generosity in the community.”


During the ceremony, donors who made contributions of $10,000 or more were recognized with plaques located next to patient rooms.  Additionally, everyone who made a donation, regardless of the amount, was recognized with a special public ‘thank you’ for helping make the department renovations possible.


Olean General’s OB department has consistently achieved 99% patient satisfaction scores for quality of clinical care, but the physical space had not been renovated since 1991.  During that time, nearly 15,000 babies had been born on the unit.


In April 2010, Olean General Hospital began a significant expansion and renovation of the department to accommodate an increase in the number of babies being delivered, and to make both mothers and newborns more comfortable.  The renovations were also designed to allow physicians and nurses the ability to perform their clinical duties with greater efficiency. The project was completed by Duggan & Duggan General Contractors in Allegany, New York along with the hospital’s Facilities team.


The completed project tripled the size of the nursery by adding 600 additional square-feet and expanded the area to accommodate 14 newborn bassinets.  Additionally, the nurses station was updated and unit corridors were renovated with new lighting and flooring.  All patient rooms were similarly renovated and provided new furniture. 


“Family-centered care is an essential part of the birthing experience at Olean General Hospital,” said Mary Beyth, RN, manager of the OB department.  “So all 14 postpartum rooms now feature new patient beds, furniture, oak-trimmed bassinets and sleep chairs to accommodate both mothers and babies, as well as visiting family members and supporters.”

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