UPDATE 5/13/13 @ 2:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- CAMC Women and Children's Hospital is marking a major milestone this week.
This year is the the hospital's 25th anniversary. The hospital celebrated by opening up all of its private rooms. The rooms allow mothers and babies to stay together until they are discharged.
The hospital also opened a new birthing room with the latest technology.
Hospital officials say the updates are proven to improve the health for mom and baby.
"Having the mom and baby together allows them to bond," Denise Burgess with CAMC Women and Children's Hospital said. "It decreases the baby's stress tolerance. It improves the mom's sense of well being and gives us the opportunity to do the education the mom needs prior to taking this brand new baby home."
The private rooms have no restrictions on the number of visitors a patient can have during a stay.
"We're excited to have the resources to be able to do this to really enhance the care that we give," Andrew Weber, V.P. Administrator said.
The Pediatric ICU, CT and OB departments at Women's and Children's are undergoing $3 million in improvements.
"New paint in every room, new head wall gases, new furniture," described Susan Russell, Nurse Manager, Pediatrics said. "Just everything. The floor, no more peach colored cabinets, nice wood grain."
One of the biggest changes deals with rooms and a matter of privacy.
"This is one of our larger patient rooms," Russell said. "This wall is new. It used to be a four bed room that accommodated four patients but now we have all private rooms."
Changes that will make a difference and help in the healing process.
"Patients recover the best in a comforting environment and any environment that can mimic somebody's home is typically one that is most comforting," Weber said.
And moms can take comfort in new equipment like an upgraded fetal monitoring system and baby alarm system.
"Our goal is to be state of the art," Weber said. "Not only in clinical care but comfort."
Working toward that goal to give patients peace of mind.
Construction crews are working in eleven phases on the hospital. They expect to have everything finished by the end of the year.
According to city records, the hospital has a permit to renovate the PICU, CT Department and OB Department. The renovations are expected to cost nearly $3M, according to records.
A spokesperson with Charleston Area Medical Center tells WSAZ.com once the renovations are complete every OB room will turned into private rooms. This will the hospital to offer even better care to the mothers, babies and their families, Dale Witte said.
Once construction is complete, the single rooms will be located on two floors of the hospital. Right now, there is just one OB floor.
One room is being renovated at a time so the hospital stays fully operational, Witte said.
Construction is expected to be completed later this year.
CAMC Women and Children's Hospital averages about nine births a day.