By: Jen Russon
Since opening their doors in 1987, the Coral Springs Medical Center has served many patients in west Broward. Following its $65 million expansion project, it can now serve more.
The hospital, once a 200-bed facility, has redesigned its maternity services, so that parents and their newborns can have more private bonding time. The women’s and children’s patient tower now boasts 12 private delivery suites and 28 private mother/baby rooms.
In a grand tour offered this month, Dr. Arlene Boykin, medical director of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit said that ten new private NICU rooms encourage more skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby. She added that state of the art lactation resources for breast-feeding babies will improve patient outcomes.
The huge expansion improves care for non-pregnant patients too. Broward Health Coral Springs, since breaking ground on the expansion project in 2015, has grown to include a new surgical center with almost thirty private rooms for those in need of prostate, orthopedic, colorectal or women’s health services; in other words, “everything under the sun,” the Coral Springs city slogan.
Tours of the expansion began this month, with the sneak peek offering a window into West Broward’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Funded by the Salah Foundation’s Children’s Hospital, the new tower expansion should expand, as well, community education classes offered on its campus. Mommy and Me, birthing, and exercise classes will continue being offered to the Springs community.
Jared M. Smith, CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs, has been a key figure in the hospital’s expansion.
“This new $65 million tower stands as a symbol of excellence in cutting-edge technology and innovative design—but most importantly, it confirms our commitment to providing the very best healthcare for our community,” he said.
He added that the expansion includes the addition of surgical services and advanced robotics. Laparoscopic surgeries are expected to become more common place at the hospital, thanks to the acquisition of two da Vinci Xi surgical robots. Equipment like this shows that the hospital’s contemporary aesthetic –like new windows and exterior –are more than skin deep. The multi-level wing, expanded to include over 100,000 square feet, is scheduled to open on September 6.
To schedule a tour of the private triage rooms, operating room suites and private birthing suites, call 954-759-7400.
Jen Russon is a freelance writer and English Language Arts teacher. She has published two novels to Amazon Kindle and lives in Coral Springs with her family.