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Release Date: 04/03/2014

Women & Infants Hospital today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Obstetric Evaluation Unit in the Division of Emergency Obstetrics and Gynecology. This new, state-of-the-art, seven-bed unit, an expansion to the hospital's current Emergency Department, will serve as a dedicated space to provide high quality, efficient care to obstetric patients. In addition, the Obstetric Evaluation Unit will foster a more integrated model of care between the Emergency Department and the hospital's Labor, Delivery and Recovery Unit. Patients will begin being seen in the new unit on Monday, April 7th.

"This new unit provides a beautiful, state-of-the-art space for pregnant women. Our new space will improve a patient's experience by reducing emergency department wait times, enabling health care providers to see patients sooner and streamlining care," said Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital, executive chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Care New England Health System, Chair and Chace-Joukowsky Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and assistant dean for teaching and research in women's health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. " In today's changing health care environment, it is vital that we remain mindful of providing the right care in the right setting. This Obstetric Evaluation Unit allows us to do that for our patients."

The expansion increases the Emergency Department's bed capacity by 60 percent to 19 total beds, and also provides two dedicated ultrasound rooms, a three-bed triage bay, and a dedicated infant resuscitation area for Women & Infants' neonatal intensive care unit team to safely and effectively evaluate infants following an imminent delivery.

The Division of Emergency Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants is the only Emergency Department in the nation specializing exclusively in the care of women with acute obstetric and/or gynecologic issues. The team is at the forefront of establishing treatment guidelines and clinical care protocols related to women's health issues in an emergency department setting.

Roxanne Vrees, MD, medical director of emergency obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants, said, "Working in a specialty emergency department affords my team the unique opportunity and privilege to interact with patients during some of the most exciting and challenging moments in a woman's life. Our new Obstetric Evaluation Unit allows our highly skilled team to continue to provide efficient, high quality care while emphasizing our dedication to a family centered model."

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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