Obstetrics Department Move Marks Next Phase in DKSWC Project
MACOMB, Ill. – As the exterior of the Dolores Kator Switzer Women’s Center (DKSWC) continues to take shape, an important move inside McDonough District Hospital related to the project begins this week.
The Obstetrics Department will move to its new location on second floor beginning Tuesday (Oct. 30). Once that move is complete, work on the interior renovation of the area will begin soon after.
MDH’s new and expanded Obstetrics area will consist of a nursery, seven OB rooms and three Labor Delivery Recovery rooms. Once the DKSWC project is completed in late 2019, the obstetrics area will move back to the first floor area with the same amount of rooms as second floor.
“Moving on Tuesday into our new Obstetrics area is a milestone. The new Obstetrics area adds privacy, security, and a quieter environment while the new Dolores Kator Switzer Women’s Center is finishing construction,” said David Cady, CHFM, Leader of Plant Engineering and project manager. “When the existing Obstetrics area is relocated, the O’Shea Builders construction team will start demolition and refurbishment. The DKSWC building has been moving along on schedule and is predicted to be completed along with the refurbishment by the end of next year.”
According to Cady, current patients’ care will not be affected by the move and the Obstetrics staff has been planning and training for the move over the past couple of months.
The imaging component of the DKSWC project continues as well with: diagnostic imaging, a new waiting area, and expanding and remodeling the suites for mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound, and bone density screenings.
“Seeing the exterior frame of the Dolores Kator Switzer Women’s Center being built adds to the excitement we have for this project. MDH is committed to providing the best patient experience possible, seeing this construction take place is visual proof. The new Women’s Center Obstetrics area will give additional privacy and security for our patients,” said interim President/CEO Brian E. Dietz, MHA, FACHE. “I want to thank our entire staff and O’Shea Builders for all their hard work to help us get to this phase of the project.”