BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) has approved Fletcher Allen Health Care's renovation project for a new maternity unit at the hospital. The new facility will be moving to a renovated space on Baird 7.
A press release says the renovated space will provide patients with larger rooms for mothers and families, placing the new mother and baby unit closer to the birthing center, and reducing the number of double-occupancy rooms.
The new mother baby unit will feature 28 patient beds in 25 patient rooms plus 3 boarder rooms for discharged mothers whose babies remain inpatients. Fletcher Allen says the larger rooms will reduce noise levels and improve the quality of the mother-baby experience and high-risk-mothers-to-be who are are bed rest.
The Clinical Research Center, which is currently located on Baird 7, will be moving to another location on campus.
Fletcher Allen says construction is expected to take approximately 18 months and cost $15.8 million. Part of that will be covered by a fund-raising goal of $3 million.
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