Taking quality care to an entirely new level, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is completely reconstructing the hospital’s second floor to create a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility focused solely on the health and well-being of East Texas women and children.
Under the direction of a team of experts, the design for the new Women’s Center will be completed in two phases. Phase 1, which is now underway, includes contemporary Labor & Delivery Recovery and Postpartum suites, as well as new C-section accommodations. Completion is expected in the Fall of 2019. Phase 2 includes a cutting edge well-baby nursery, new C-section rooms and an ultramodern neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. The NICU features private rooms to provide specialized care and monitoring for premature and/or ill newborns. Phase 2 is expected to take an additional nine months to complete.
In the meantime, CHI St. Luke’s Health will continue to provide top quality care for all women and children.
“For almost 70 years CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin has been dedicated to caring for the families of deep East Texas,” said Monte Bostwick, President and CEO of CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial. “Our new Women’s Center will bring a brand new healing environment to our hospital as we continue to support all women and their families.”
Responding to a growing need for neonatal care in Lufkin and the surrounding communities, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial developed its new neonatal program in partnership with world-renowned Texas Children’s Hospital. Texas Children’s Newborn Center houses the nation’s largest level IV NICU, the highest level of care available for premature and critically ill newborns. Consistently ranked as one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial will have the only NICU in the region medically managed by Texas Children’s and supported by board certified neonatologists.
“Texas Children’s is a recognized leader in the treatment of babies born with complications or prematurely, and this partnership will allow area residents to have access to the best possible care for their babies right in their
own community,” said Joann Lee, Director of Business Development for Texas Children’s Community Initiatives. “Additionally, pregnant women in Lufkin and its surrounding communities will have access to Texas Children’s maternal-fetal medicine program offered through telemedicine services, which will allow mothers with high-risk pregnancies to obtain comprehensive evaluations and treatment, so they can have the best possible outcomes.”
CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is dedicated to keeping women strong for generations to come. The hospital leads the way with the newest technology and highly skilled physicians who know that there’s nothing more precious than mothers and daughters.
“Our new Women’s Center will raise the level of care in our community and will afford families the opportunity to stay close to home for their total care,” said Mary Franklin, Market Vice President of Patient Care Services at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial. “The excitement is in the air, our employees are eagerly awaiting the completion, our physicians are enthusiastic and as the community becomes more aware of this awesome project, I can only imagine their delight.”
The design team includes hospital leaders and longtime Obstetrician and Gynecologist Kaywin Carter, M.D., who also serves as the Medical Director of Women’s Services. Comfort, patient healing and fully-integrated services for women and children were taken into consideration when developing the project. Director of Nursing Operations and Market Director for Women’s Services Misti Lowe has spent the majority of her 19-year-long nursing career in the halls of the Henderson Women’s and Children’s Center. She says this project has been a long time coming.
“This is something that we have been waiting on, hoping for, and praying would happen for many years. It is like a dream come true,” Lowe said. “I am happy for the hospital, of course, but the new level of care that this project brings to our community is extraordinary. We will indeed be adding another dimension to the local healthcare landscape.”