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St. Francis hosts ribbon cutting ceremony for new Women's Hospital

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

St. Francis Hospital celebrated their new Women's Hospital with a ribbon cutting ceremony today, October 15. The new facility will begin delivering babies in two weeks.

The expansion adds more than 47,000 square feet to the hospital's main campus.

Robert Granger, President and CEO of St. Francis, says the Women's Hospital is unlike any other resource Columbus has ever had.

"It's kind of like a shopping mall," explained Granger, "everything you need in one spot. So it will be very efficient for the physicians. They'll be able to see their patients right over there in their office, as well as follow their babies who will be in delivery right here. They'll be able to do back-and-forth at the same time. They'll be able to take care of more patients, and be more efficient, therefore, keep the cost down."

"We are anticipating quite a few babies this year," says Ashley Ingram, Administrative Director of Womens Services at St. Francis Hospital. "We've brought on about sixty staff members that are focused on providing care for the moms and babies at their bedside. We never want to separate our moms and babies, unless there is an extreme circumstance where the baby needs to go to the nursery."

Ingram also says that their care will focus on being breastfeeding-friendly. She says it is proven by the World Health Organization to be the best thing for the baby. "We are looking at providing one hour of quiet time for our moms immediately after birth so they can have skin-to-skin contact with them, so that they start out the right way the first time."

Granger said the hospital staff is excited and relieved to have reached this point. "Now it is up to us to deliver on the promise," he says.

The St. Francis Women's Hospital will begin delivering babies on November 1.

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