New women's center opens at Nash UNC Health Care


Jerry Daniel, chairman of the board at Nash UNC Health Care, cuts the ribbon to formally open the new Nash Women's Center.


By Corey Davis
Staff Writer

Friday, May 6, 2016

Staff members from Nash UNC Health Care along with people from across the Twin Counties on Thursday packed the new 47,048-square-foot, $25 million Nash Women’s Center to celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building.

The facility includes six labor and delivery suites, 16 mother-baby post-partum rooms, a room for cesarean sections, 12 private special-care nursery rooms, free Wi-Fi, designated nourishment areas with coffee, snacks and hot breakfasts for family members and caregivers and a gift shop with speciality items for newborns and families, according to a news release. 

Hospital officials said patient occupancy is scheduled to take place within the next few weeks. A public showing of the Nash Women’s Center will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Dr. Bill Roper, chief executive officer of Nash UNC Health Care, said the new center will provide new mothers, babies and their families the most comfortable and healthy birth experience possible. Nash OB-GYN physicians also will practice at the new building, officials added.

“This facility brings state-of-the-art maternity care to women and children not only living in Rocky Mount and Nash County but to this whole region,” Roper said. “This is a beautiful facility that’s going to serve a lot of people.”

Hospital officials said the Nash Women’s Center was designed with the help of local pregnant women and new mothers and the input of physicians, women’s center nursing staff and birthing experts. A group of 12 hospital representatives spent several months touring women’s facilities across the United States, talking through processes and learning about best practices.

The new facility will allow the women’s center staff to expand their support programming, giving patients better access to education and resources, officials said.

Larry Chewning, president of Nash UNC Health Care, said the facility gives staff the room and tools they need to provide the very best in quality to women, babies and their families, before, during and after the birthing process is over.

“This allows us to take care of not only ladies that have normal deliveries, but women that deliver early or prematurely,” Chewning said. “When talking about the local economy, I would guess 18 to 19 percent is devoted to health care. Every time a patient stays here and gets the health care services, they don’t have to leave town and go to the Triangle or anywhere else. Not only do their health care dollars stay here, but the jobs stay here. As more patients come here to use these facilites, then the jobs come with it. We’ve been very focused on building facilities and adding technology that keeps people at home for health care.”

Nash UNC Health Care has invested more than $80 million in the past five years with the building of a new emergency room, heart center and now women’s center, Chewning said.

Jerry Daniel, chairman of the board at Nash UNC Health Care, said all projects have been on time and within budget.

“The board has worked hard over the last 10 years to evaluate our facilities to decide what is important,” Daniel said. ”With these three major facilities and the renovations of pretty much the entire hospital in the last five years, we pretty much have a new hospital and we’re proud of that.”