by David Lozano, Banner Health – Earned Media Senior Manager

Remember when you were a kid and you were excited to go someplace like Disneyland, or grandma’s house to see all your family? Remember how much anticipation you built up in preparation of the great event? We have that same excitement at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center!

We can hardly wait for the opening of the new Women and Infant Services unit at the hospital when it’s completed this summer. It was just last year when we broke ground on the new building, announcing to the community and the local media that we would be providing even more exceptional maternity services. What was once an empty lot on the hospital property, with nothing more than dry dirt and a few trees, has transformed into a beautiful new building set to open up at the end of July.

“It seems like forever when we broke ground on the new unit last year,” said Rona Curphy, CEO of Banner Casa Grande Medical Center. “I remember how hot and dry it was, and a little windy. We invited a lot of people from the community to come out. We grabbed our hard hats and shovels, and celebrated what we anticipated would be an important milestone at this hospital and in this community. You look back at that time and think that the summer of 2017 was still far off. Now, the completion is almost here, and you realize how quickly things are moving. We’re moving so fast it’s hard to believe we’ll be opening in just a few weeks.”

The new 27,000 square-foot unit will help strengthen our commitment to provide excellence in maternity care. Complete maternity care will include doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, technicians and other staff members. However, the most important members of our team will be the moms who will welcome their new bundles of joy into the world.

Complete maternity services in the new unit will include:

  • Pregnancy care
  • Labor and delivery care
  • Mother and baby care
  • Dedicated cesarean section suite
  • Joe Jonas Nursery for babies
  • Pain management, including epidurals, available during labor 24 hours a day
  • Pediatricians who will see newborns within 24 hours of delivery and on the day of discharge

Other high-level specialty services provided at Banner Casa Grande’s new Women and Infant Services unit will include:

  • Lactation consultants – Professional breastfeeding experts who help mothers feed their baby and educate them about the benefits of breastfeeding.
  • Level II Perinatal Services for high-risk pregnancies – Certified by the Arizona Perinatal Trust, a group dedicated to improving the lives of Arizona’s mothers and babies, this designation allows Banner Casa Grande to provide a much-needed service in the area, focusing on high-risk obstetrical patients and newborns requiring selective continuing care.

The new unit will also include an intimate, family-oriented environment and spacious labor, delivery and recovery rooms. In addition, new moms will be able to use a “peanut ball,” a peanut-shaped, vinyl exercise ball, as a labor tool to help reduce labor pain and speed up the process of delivery.

Curphy said, “With so many great services we currently offer, we obviously have all the tools. We just needed more space to make sure we were able to give expectant mothers the opportunity to take advantage of these services if they ever need them. It’s been phenomenal to see the community rally around us and support all the changes and the growth at the hospital.”

To help celebrate the grand opening, Banner Casa Grande Medical Center will invite the public to tour the new Women and Infant Services unit, once it opens. More details about that will be provided soon.

For more information about Banner Casa Grande Medical Center’s Women and Infant Services, please visit www.BannerHealth.com