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Women's Center Expansion

Since its founding in 1950, Washington Regional Medical Center has established itself as the progressive healthcare leader in Northwest Arkansas, continually expanding and adding new services to meet the needs of an ever-changing community.

The women’s center, located within the hospital and with access to all of its services, provides quality care for women at all stages of life. In addition to complete gynecological care, the center features a multidisciplinary medical team for expectant mothers, newborns and children. With the center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, even the most fragile babies can receive the highly specialized care they need, close to home, without having to be transferred to another facility.

Area families have come to rely on the quality, compassionate care they receive at Washington Regional, the only not-for-profit, community-owned and locally governed hospital in Northwest Arkansas. With the local population growing at a rapid pace and with birth rates steadily rising, the need for women’s and infants’ healthcare will continue to increase. Now is the time for Washington Regional to add services to meet the needs of our community.

Expanding the women’s center has offered an opportunity for Washington Regional friends and supporters to make a meaningful investment in the future – enriching and improving the lives of area families.

Washington Regional's Women and Infants Center provides enhanced services to meet the growing needs of area families. The five-story, 132,800-square-foot patient tower serves the community with:

Ground level (27,500 square feet) features:
+ Registration area for patients of the Women and Infants Center
+ HerHealth Women’s Clinic
+ Parkhill Clinic for Women

Level 1 (28,500 square feet) features:
+ 13 triage stations
+ 28 private mother-baby rooms, including 6 antepartum rooms with fetal monitoring capability for extended-stay obstetric patients, with fetal monitors and infant warmers
+ 17 Labor & Delivery rooms
+ Labor & Delivery family waiting area
+ Team room where patients can meet with multidisciplinary care team for discharge instructions and guidance
+ Sandwich counter open to public

Level 2 (25,600 square feet) features:
+ Care for Gynecology patients and Pediatrics patients
+ Exam rooms for pediatric procedures and gynecological exams
+ Family waiting area
+ Team room that can be used by Pediatrics patients who have long hospital stays - allows for tutoring or catching up on schoolwork
+ Xbox One gaming consoles for Pediatrics patients

Level 3 (25,600 square feet) features:

+ 34-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – the largest in Northwest Arkansas and providing the highest level of care available in the region for fragile newborns
+ Private patient rooms that allow parents to stay with their newborn while in the NICU
+ Twins/Multiples rooms
+ 2 open-bay NICU areas with viewing window
+ NICU parent lounge provides lockers, showers and sleep chairs
+ Angel Eye cameras that allow families to easily view their baby when they have to be away from the bedside
+ Milk Lab, staffed by specially trained technologists, that provides a centralized location for storing moms’ expressed breast milk, as well as a sterile preparation space for adding any extra nutrients an infant might need
+ Dedicated pharmacy - for patients of Women and Infants Center
+ Family waiting area

Level 4 features (Opening in December; 25,600 square feet):
+ Education rooms for community classes such as breastfeeding support, daddy boot camp, sibling class and infant CPR, as well as staff specialty training
+ Lactation consulting rooms
+ Ronald McDonald House

Top of building features (400 square feet for elevator area):
+ Washington Regional’s second helipad 

An enhanced women’s center ensures ample access to care and offer greater convenience for countless Northwest Arkansas families, like the Layers.

“It was such a relief to know my baby was in their hands.”

Although her pregnancy had been uncomplicated, in March 2014 Leah Layer unexpectedly went into premature labor and — at 28 weeks —delivered her son Christian by emergency cesarean section.

Weighing just 2 lbs. 3 oz., Christian received the lifesaving care he needed, thanks to the advanced technology and specialized skills of doctors and nurses at Washington Regional’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where he remained for 88 days. “Christian received incredibly thoughtful care at Washington Regional’s NICU,” Leah says. “The doctors gave my husband Jonathan and me updates every single day about what they were seeing and anything they were expecting. The nurses were so attentive, gentle and caring, and I felt very confident in their watchful eyes.”

Meanwhile, during Leah’s own eight-day hospitalization, she and Jonathan were able to stay nearby, in one of the adjoining rooms that allow parents to care for their NICU babies under the guidance of the nursery staff. “Even at the times we weren’t in the NICU, it was such a relief to know Christian was in their hands. I walked in many mornings to see a nurse cuddling my boy. They took wonderful care of our child…and us.”

Today Christian is a healthy, thriving little boy — “perfect” as his mom describes him — and Leah is glad she made the choice to have her baby at a full-service medical center, where both she and her baby had immediate access to the full range of comprehensive medical services they needed. “I chose Washington Regional specifically for that access, and I would certainly make that same decision again. The doctors and staff are knowledgeable and up to date with their recommendations and services. I so appreciate everyone at Washington Regional for helping us have such a great outcome.”

Washington Regional Medical Foundation

Washington Regional Medical Foundation was established in 1988 as a not-for-profit charitable corporation providing support to the activities of Washington Regional Medical System.

Washington Regional depends on the generosity of individuals, families, corporations and foundations to continue its tradition of excellence in patient care, medical research and education. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $45 million in donations have been allocated to a variety of projects such as the Pat Walker Senior Center, Washington Regional’s Emergency Department, Willard Walker Hospice Home, Johnelle Hunt Women’s Center, Mobile Dental Clinic and many others.

Foundation staff and board members welcome interest, discussion and participation from across Northwest Arkansas. We enjoy hearing your story and how you want to connect with our work. We believe that together, we can form a partnership that provides vital philanthropic support for Washington Regional Medical System and healthcare across Northwest Arkansas.

A tax-deductible donation is an investment in the future of healthcare in our region. Please contact a member of the Foundation team to learn more about our projects and how your interest and support can improve the health of our community.