Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital held a “wall breaking” and reception event yesterday to signify the start of construction of an all-new Family Birthing Center. Kicking off the event was longtime local obstetrician Margaret Gustafson, MD, who had the honor of taking a sledgehammer and breaking through a wall on the current Birthing Center unit. The new Family Birthing Center, made possible with financial assistance from many community donors, will be located where the current unit is on the second floor of the Ludington Hospital.
The renovations will necessitate a complete demolition of the current facility and all-new construction of a new Family Birthing Center, all while maintaining a comprehensive security system for mothers and babies. While the new facility will not add significant square footage or number of rooms, it will add private bathrooms to each patient room, and make the existing space more efficient for nursing and education care processes. When completed, the Center will have five post-partum patient rooms, three labor, delivery and recovery rooms—two with whirlpool tubs—and improved heating and cooling systems.
The new Family Birthing Center at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is being built by The Christman Company. Tower Pinkster is the architectural firm. The project is slated to be completed in Fall 2019.