GLOVERSVILLE - Nathan Littauer Hospital unveiled its new $1.2 million maternity ward in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the hospital Tuesday and is scheduled to open the facility sometime this week.
The facility took about six months to build and expanded the hospital's former maternity ward to accommodate an increase in births over the past year, said Manager of Maternal Child Health Kim Colvin. Colvin said the hospital had a 15 percent increase in births over the past year.
Oak trim lines the halls and rooms of the ward, which is painted in creams, whites and pale greens. The floor of each room is hardwood and the cabinets are wood as well. Each bed is made up with a satin-like dark bronze comforter and includes two chairs. The largest of the three birthing rooms also includes a bathroom with a whirlpool tub to help relax expectant mothers, Colvin said.
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Nathan Littauer Hospital’s Kim Colvin cuts the ribbon while surrounded by hospital staff and local and hospital officials during a ceremony at the hospital’s new maternity ward Tuesday.
Couple Carly Babcock and Jamie Garcia of Wells were browsing the new facility Tuesday. Babcock said she is scheduled to be one of the first women to give birth in the new ward. Her son, who she said she would name Aiden, was due last week, and she is scheduled to be induced Thursday.
"I'll be one of the first, if he can wait that long," she said.
Babcock said Aiden will be her first child. She said some of the fears she has about giving birth have been soothed after viewing the new facility.
"It's just absolutely beautiful," she said. "I love the colors."
Garcia said other maternity wards are harsh and sterile, with bright fluorescent lights and plain white walls. He said the new facility has helped make the couple less nervous.
Roasie Hubiak of Mayfield agreed. She is due Feb. 6 and expects to name her third son Evan, she said.
"It's wonderful," she said. "[Compared to my previous births], I think this will be a little more comfortable."
Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Newport, attended the ribbon cutting and said the new facility shows how Nathan Littauer Hospital is investing in the community.
"They're looking to the future," he said. "This shows the vitality of this region in a very basic way."
Gloversville Mayor-elect Dayton King also attended the ceremony. He said the new facility will help solidify Nathan Littauer as a highly rated and comfortable place to give birth.
"I think they did a great job," he said.
Nathan Littauer OB-GYN Patricia Nguyen, who has been working at the hospital since 1997, said she is excited to start practicing medicine in the new facility.
"It's the same work, but here I think it will be much more pleasant," she said. "It's long overdue."
Kayleigh Karutis covers Gloversville news. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.