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New OB rooms at ETMC Athens generate praise

Athens OB Suite 


That single word was the most common response when visitors took advantage of a recent open house hosted by the OB department at ETMC Athens.

The hospital is eager to spread the word about its eight new LDRP rooms. The Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) rooms are being finished out and should soon be ready for use.

“Oh, I can’t wait. These are great,” enthused Alyssa Baker, a Eustace resident who toured the new rooms along with her seven-month-old daughter Harleigh. Baker gave birth to Harleigh in the hospital’s existing delivery rooms and plans to be welcoming her third child, a boy, this February. She’s excited about the changes the OB is making and how it will benefit her.

“These rooms are so much bigger,” she said. “And I love the windows.”

A major benefit of an LDRP room, aside from the very spacious and comfortable quarters, is the fact that, in most cases, a woman will not need to change rooms during her stay. That means no packing and unpacking before going home.

Dr. Teri Baumgartner, who practices obstetrics and gynecology in Athens, was among several doctors who toured the new wing of the OB department.

“These rooms are friendlier for the patient and more homey,” said Baumgartner. “I’m excited about using them. The bathrooms are a lot bigger, and having nice, big windows and natural light is a great feature.”

Once the new LDRPs are in use, the existing seven patient rooms in the OB will be refurbished while the existing labor rooms make way for a new 15-bassinet nursery. The entire renovation should be completed around the end of the year.