New Women's Pavilion Coming to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital is one step closer to the grand opening of its brand new $35 million Women's Pavilion.

Exactly how much equipment does it take to fill a three-story, high-tech birthing center? Tallahassee Memorial Hospital staff members say the eight semi-truckloads delivered Tuesday make for a good start, and have brought them one step closer to a very special opening day.

Robin Schroeder, an administrator at Women's and Children's Services, said, "There's 50 mother-baby rooms, 19 labor and delivery rooms, so the mom will labor-deliver-recover in one room, then move to the third floor to her mother-baby room."

The new Women's Pavilion is more than 110,000 square feet up from the former facility's 10,000 square feet. Hospital administrators say state-of-the-art, resort-like amenities will really make new moms feel at home.

Jeff Ahsinger, director of Obstetrical Services, said, "It's not made to look like a hospital, it's made to be more than that for a very good experience for folks delivering."

Staff members say only several other hospitals in the country offer services like these and they're the only medical center in a 200 mile radius that offers a center especially for extremely ill babies. They say this, coupled with a lot more space and the Pavilion's new services, will truly have families expecting more.

The Women's Pavilion will be open to patients at 7 a.m. on Oct. 26.

On Oct. 17 the public will be welcome to view the hospital from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and enjoy a glimpse at the state-of-the-art facility.