US-based Cone Health has achieved a milestone in the construction of a 196,000ft² project at The Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital in North Carolina with the topping out of the Women’s Hospital.
The $100m project will unite the women’s services at Women’s Hospital with the children’s services at Moses Cone Hospital.
Several beams, signed by Cone Health staff members, will be added to the six-storey structure.
Women’s Hospital and Behavioral Health Services president and Cone Health senior vice president Debbie Cunningham said: “We value the relationships we build with each family that chooses Women’s Hospital or Alamance Regional Medical Center for maternity care.
“We want them to feel comfortable and safe before, during and after their hospital stay. This project is part of our promise to our patients to be ‘right here with you’.”
Over 900 staff members, multiple physicians, former patients and others took part in designing the facility.
Cone Health CEO Terry Akin said: “That focus will be very evident both in our final structure and in the level of care and service we will continue providing in this facility. This truly will be a model for future generations, and our patients and communities will benefit.”
An expanded, 45-bed neonatal intensive care unit will be part of the project. The hospital will also offer couplet care, allowing babies needing intensive care and their mothers to be cared for in the same room.
According to general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie, the emphasis on those early bonds is not lost on those hoisting the beams into place.
Brasfield & Gorrie regional vice president Scott Duckworth said: “As a parent, I can attest to the importance of spending time together in a child’s early days. We know this will be the perfect place for families across the Piedmont to celebrate some of life’s most important moments.”
Image: Cone Health staff members at the topping out ceremony of Women’s Hospital. Photo: courtesy of Brasfield & Gorrie.