by Eden Laikin
A 50,000 square foot state-of-the art maternity facility, which will provide a new labor, delivery and recovery center at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), opened today with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves on hand to cut the ribbon in celebration.
The Maternal and New Born Center on the 3rd Floor of the regions only public hospital received a $2 million
“facelift.” Nearly 1,500 babies are born at NUMC each year.
Dr. Vic Politi, who took over as CEO of NUMC in January, was there to welcome those gathered. He was joined by County Legislators Dennis Dunne and Rose Walker, maternity staff and a dozen mothers who recently gave birth there.
“This innovative addition will provide the hospital the ability to offer family centered maternity care for a seamless integrated approach to deliver a full range of series for expectant mothers and their families,” Mangano said.
In addition to the construction and renovations to the maternal and new born center will include a post-partum suite for 22 beds, to provide treatment and medical assistance for new mothers.
NUMC is also the only hospital in Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island to offer hydro birthing (water-birthing) as a natural alternative for low risk mothers. Known as a teaching hospital, NUMC, has full-time obstetricians on staff and on site at all times. The healthcare facility has the lowest birth trauma rate and lowest neonatal intensive care unit admission rates in the state.