Holland Hospital unveils redeveloped birth ward

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The newly renovated 33,713-square-foot wing will accommodate space for 2,200 births per year. Courtesy Holland Hospital

Holland Hospital announced the three-phase renovation project of the Boven Birth Center is complete.

The newly renovated 33,713-square-foot wing will accommodate space for 2,200 births per year. The completion of the new birthing facility allows Holland Hospital to grow with the surrounding communities and continue to provide quality care.

“The completion of the Boven Birth Center expansion marks the end of a three-year journey, but more importantly, the beginning of a vision coming to life as a best-in-class program that will serve families in our community for decades to come,” said Kathy Nania, RN, MS, administrative director of inpatient nursing and Boven Birth Center. “Our entire staff deserves special recognition for their flexibility and creativity in ensuring continued high standards of care were met throughout each phase.”

Other new features include:

  • 21 private mother-baby rooms
  • Eight labor delivery recovery rooms
  • Two-bed postanesthesia care unit
  • Two operating suites
  • Four private triage rooms
  • Two nurse stations
  • Well-baby nursery
  • Special care nursery
  • Conference space and staff support areas

EV Construction in Holland was contracted for the renovation of the Boven Birth Center.

“Dating back to the ’50s, EV Construction and Holland Hospital have collaborated on countless projects that have made a meaningful and lasting difference in caring for our community,” said Joe Novakoski, PE, vice president of operations for EV Construction. “The challenging and rewarding renovation of Boven Birth Center has been no different. Though we’re excited to turn the birthing center back over to Holland Hospital, our team will miss the great staff who were a joy to work with during every phase.”

The Boven Birth Center was named in honor of Rena Boven, who formed the original five-member Holland Hospital nursing team with Superintendent Mable Miller in 1919. Boven dedicated 37 years of service to helping lead progress at Holland Hospital until her retirement in 1956.

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