Bayfront Baby Place renovations complete

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Bayfront Baby Place renovations complete

September 03, 2017 - 09:06
In attendance at the Baby Place renovation celebration;  From left to right: Jillian McClare, WEHR, Joe Hall Bayfront Director of Plant Operations and Scott Thompson, Superintendent of WEHR

Bayfront Health Spring Hill recently completed $3 million renovation covering 23,000 square feet on their campus at 10461 Quality Dr. It was a four phase project which began in December of 2016. The first floor labor and delivery unit was renovated along with the 2nd floor Maternal Child Unit (MCU). In the OB department, the revamp included new flooring, lighting, new casework, added aesthetics and flat screen televisions in the maternity rooms. Newly purchased equipment includes maternal-fetal monitors. There is a new nursing area as well.

Renovation work was completed by WEHR Constructors’ Tampa Office. The company is headquartered in Louisville, KY.

Christopher Lombardi, MD explains anesthesia/epidural options at an informative station during the Baby Place renovation celebration.

In 2013, the NICU underwent a $2 million upgrade to become a Level II NICU. A level II NICU provides infants with necessary medical care such as IV therapy, medications and respiratory support along with closer monitoring of infants with special medical needs. (The level 3 NICU typically serves infants that require continuous respiratory support while the level 4 NICU provides surgical intervention.)

For infants that do need a higher level NICU, Bayfront has a strong alliance with John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Bayfront utilizes their physician staff and if they have patients who need that level of care, they are quickly triaged and a team accompanies the patient to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

A transport team from All Children’s comes to the Bayfront Spring Hill facility to provide the specialized care needed during the transport.

 Nurse Hayley explains how “The Giraffe” an infant bed monitoring system is able to thoroughly monitor premature infants after birth

The renovations were finally completed on Tuesday, Aug. 15. On Thursday, the Bayfront Baby Place Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting took place at the facility. A large crowd of expecting parents, grandparents and curious community members worked their way through the newly renovated facility, visiting educational stations and pregnancy related vendors. The labor and delivery rooms themselves are very spacious and inviting. The Baby Place is proud to have delivered 32,000 babies since the facility opened their doors.