AdventHealth Fish Memorial today opened a new patient tower, a $100 million expansion that includes The Baby Place, a state-of-the-art unit that will bring expanded obstetric services to the region.
Completion of the four-story, 72-bed tower, first announced in 2017, expands the size of the Orange City hospital’s emergency room, and allows all inpatient rooms throughout the hospital to be private.
“We wanted to bring more of our world-class services closer to the growing number of young families in Volusia County,” said David Ottati, chief executive officer of AdventHealth hospitals in Volusia, Flagler and Lake counties. “This expansion establishes AdventHealth Fish Memorial as the largest and most comprehensive hospital in West Volusia, and adds to our integrated network throughout the region.”
The larger emergency department includes a special waiting area and exam rooms designed just for children.
The expansion, which adds 180,000 square feet to the hospital’s footprint, also houses a new intensive care unit with 36 beds.
“This addition was built with our community in mind and designed, down to every detail, to give them an experience that matches our whole-person care philosophy,” said Lorenzo Brown, CEO of AdventHealth Fish Memorial.
The Baby Place at Fish Memorial is now West Volusia’s only personalized OB experience with luxury, all-private rooms and upgraded amenities. Beginning today, OB services will be transferred to Fish Memorial from AdventHealth DeLand.
“It’s amazing – the unit is very bright and very welcoming,” said Krysta Rhoades, who lives in Deltona and is due to deliver her first baby this month. “I love that the rooms have large, curved sinks so the parents can help bathe the baby for the first time. I’m really looking forward to that.”
The Baby Place is designed to make mom and baby’s first hours together special in a convenient location for families.
“Our goal was to put these services closer to where more new moms live based on our market research,” said Michele Johnson, chief nursing officer at AdventHealth Fish Memorial. “This state-of-the-art expansion will add our Baby Place to a nationally-recognized network of women’s care and OB facility locations throughout Central Florida.”