Women & Infants Hospital Opens New 21-bed Medical/Surgical Care Unit

(Providence, RI) – Women & Infants Hospital held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new inpatient service enhancement unit to provide high-quality comprehensive post-surgical and medical care to our patients. This expands our exceptional care as we continue to be a trusted healthcare source in our community.  

“This new, 21-bed surgical/medical unit expands the care you have come to expect from Women & Infants Hospital,” said Raymond Powrie, MD, Executive Chief of Medicine, Care New England Health System. “Our patients have a relationship with us. You come to us to deliver your baby, you see our physicians through primary care centers, and now if you should need more, we are here to offer it to you too.”

The unit, located on the 4th floor of Women & Infants Hospital, will allow doctors in our Emergency Department to admit patients with a range of medical issues that we previously would have needed to transfer to a partner hospital.

“Take, for example, a patient who comes to our Emergency Department needing to be admitted with pneumonia. Before, we would have transferred the patient to another hospital. Now, we can provide that care right here at Women & Infants in our new unit; in the same hospital the patient already knows and trusts. We will see the patient through,” said Nejat Zeyneloglu, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Women & Infants Hospital. 

In order to extend our medical/surgical unit and continue to allow us to be the acute care facility of choice in our region, Women & Infants has added to our staff. We have new hospitalists and nurses, as well as other support positions to enable the growth and management of surgical and medical inpatient admissions. We have also strengthened our partnership with Brown University and Lifespan, using Brown Physician Group as additional staff in the Emergency Department and utilizing a wider network of emergency medicine-trained physicians.

Overall, this new medical/surgical care unit will diversify the care we provide at Women & Infants Hospital and allow us to reach more members of our community. 

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 ninth-largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,700 deliveries per year. Women & Infants is a Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, a U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology, and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ranked number 11 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Medical Schools specialty ranking.

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; Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence in Perinatal Biology and in Reproductive Health 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 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network, Neonatal Research Network, and Pelvic Floors Disorders Network, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.