Hospital expanding birthing unit


Holland Hospital is planning a $14.5-million expansion and renovation of its Boven Birthing Center. Courtesy Holland Hospital

A lakeshore hospital is planning a $14.5-million expansion and renovation of its birthing unit.

Construction on Holland Hospital’s Boven Birthing Center will add about 11,000 square feet of space to the existing 22,713-square-foot unit, according to a certificate of need application filed with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The project would repurpose 10,213 square feet of vacant lab space adjacent to the unit and construct about 1,000 square feet of additional space to be used for office space.

Kathy Nania, director of inpatient nursing and the Boven Birthing Center, said the hospital’s birthing unit has “outgrown” its current space, where just a little more than 1,800 deliveries occurred last year. The new, expanded unit will accommodate future growth and up to 2,200 deliveries.

The expansion includes the addition of eight labor and delivery recovery rooms, 21 post-partum beds for mother and child, the relocation and expansion of the nursery and the addition of a second operating room for Cesarean-section deliveries. The new unit also will add four triage rooms, a component Nania said the facility does not currently have available.

Nania said the hospital is hoping to begin construction on the multi-phase project this January with a target completion date of fall 2020. The first phase of the project would include renovating the vacant lab space to create 12 post-partum beds and the new nursery, followed by phase two, which would create the eight labor and delivery rooms and second OR. The final phase would create nine more post-partum beds and the four triage rooms.

Nania said that the hospital hopes to select a contractor for the project “very soon.”

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