New Rockford Women and Children’s Hospital will open to patients later in month
The center also features an auditorium and a roof-top garden.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A new hospital geared for women and children in Rockford will open to patients later this month.
On Thursday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at SwedishAmerican’s four-story Women and Children’s Tower at 1401 E. State St. It is 110,000 square feet and houses pediatric specialty clinics, labor and delivery, and NICU. The center also features an auditorium and a roof-top garden.
“It’s really important for moms to deliver in a place where they are comfortable, where they feel safe. Many times, once a mom has come to a hospital and delivered and had great care and received great service, they will usually choose that hospital for their choice hospital going forward in life,” Jen Callison of SwedishAmerican said.
The new tower created approximately 400 union labor construction jobs and dozens of new permanent healthcare jobs, according to SwedishAmerican.
The building houses two operating rooms and recovery rooms in labor and delivery. There will also be 14 private labor and delivery rooms that include additional beds, plus 20 mother and baby suites. A family lounge and two family overnight rooms will be available for families who live an extreme distance away or have a critically ill baby.
Inside the hospital are monitors in each labor and delivery room that allow for moms to see the live birth. Lactation consultants will be available seven days a week, including outpatient appointments, according to SwedishAmerican.
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