Construction to begin on the Paul E. Woodward Birthing Center

July 25, 2014

Colorado Plains Medical Center officials announced today that construction will begin on the hospital's obstetrics unit the week of August 4.  The Paul E. Woodward Birthing Center will now house a C-section suite as well as receive renovated hallways, a larger nurse's station, and remodeled post-partum rooms.

The $3.6 million project is a result of collaboration of the Fort Morgan Community Hospital Association, the Fort Morgan Community Hospital Foundation, the Williams Family Foundation, and LifePoint Hospitals, Inc.

"This is a much anticipated project made possible by a great team effort," remarks Michael Patterson, CPMC Chief Executive Officer.  "The new addition will provide safer patient care and will improve the aesthetics and comfort of our patients and visitors as well." 

Brian Downing, President of the Fort Morgan Community Hospital Association, the community non-profit organization that owns the local healthcare facility, agrees.

"We (the Association), have been discussing the need for such improvements for some time, especially since we have several full-time providers who perform deliveries and have C-section capabilities," he adds.  "Our partner organization, the Fort Morgan Community Hospital Foundation, was also in agreement.  There was no hesitation that these improvements are needed in order to continue to best serve our community.  The project can now move forward thanks to LifePont's, the Foundation board's, and the William Family Foundation's financial support."

It is anticipated that the new construction will be completed in the spring of 2015.  CPMC officials don't expect any interruption to delivery services.

CPMC has delivered babies since the hospital's inception in 1952.  The last time major improvements were made to the unit was in 2002 when it was expanded to include five new birthing suites equipped to provide family-centered care from the time of delivery to discharge.  The enlarged suites were designed in a home-like fashion and included several improvements, including a sleeper, to allow family members the opportunity to be present during the entire patient's stay.  A new nursery was added at this time as well.

Approximately 500 babies are delivered annually at the Paul E. Woodward Birthing Center.