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OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Opens New High Risk Obstetrics Unit

Unit marks phase two of renovations, following opening of the new NICU last spring

On January 30, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital opened a new, state-of-the-art high risk obstetrics unit for patients who experience complications during pregnancy or after delivery.

The unit includes 12 individual patient rooms to accommodate women in all stages of high risk pregnancy.

“The average length of stay for our high risk obstetrics patients ranges from four days to two months,” said Marie Cooper, MBA, BSN, director of women’s health nursing at Riverside Methodist. “It’s not easy to be a long-term hospital patient. But this updated unit will provide them with more space and amenities to make that stay a little more comfortable.”

The unit is 13,300 square feet. In addition to the 12 patient rooms, which each include a shower, refrigerator, closet and couch bed for family, the unit includes:

  • Community room – a space for a high risk mom support group
  • Quiet room – to be used in the event of a difficult outcome
  • Infant resuscitation space – in the event the patient delivers while on the unit
  • Close proximity to Riverside’s Labor and Delivery area

“We are so proud of this high risk obstetrics unit and what it will provide our patients,” said Anthony Guzman, MBA, BSN, RN, administrative nurse manager, high risk obstetrics at Riverside. “Between the larger rooms, efficient space for staff and families, and community space for fellowship and support, we will be able to continue to provide exceptional care to our patients during a time that can be stressful.”

The new high risk obstetrics unit marks the completion of phase two of women’s health renovations at Riverside. Phase one was the new Nationwide Children’s Hospital NICU at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, which opened in April 2017 on the hospital’s fourth floor.

Construction on the $3.5 million high risk obstetrics unit began in May 2016 by Messer Construction. Moody Nolan served as the architect and Hammes Company was the project manager.


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