UAB Women & Infants Center Dedicated
|Michael Waldrum, Bob Rich, Will Ferniany, Sergio Stagno, Bill Andrews, Wally Carlo, Marietta Urquhart, Malcolm Portera,
Finis St. John, John Russell Thomas, and Carol Garrison
Nearly a decade of planning and construction culminated on February 21 when patients moved into the new UAB Women & Infants Center. The $164-million facility represents UAB’s commitment to improving the health and lives of the women and infants of the state and region. It also increases UAB’s capacity to care for Alabama’s women and babies, offering Alabama’s only supratertiary neonatal intensive care unit, one of the first to feature private rooms; the most modern C-section and post-anesthesia recovery suites; state-of-the-art patient-care rooms; and technologically advanced communication and security systems.
| Wally Carlo (right) with Brian and Sierra
Schafer, who contributed to the bench and
The new UAB Women & Infants Center also offers the full spectrum of women’s services, including routine maternity care, gynecology, urogynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility services, and the only gynecological oncology program in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi affiliated with a National Institutes of Health-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Women & Infants Center was designed, first and foremost, to be patient-friendly and family-centered. The maternity-care and special-care nursery facilities are designed to keep parents of even the sickest infants together with the babies, even at night, throughout each newborn’s stay.
“The UAB Women & Infants Center will play an important role in UAB’s mission of training future generations of women’s health professionals and finding new solutions for health problems that confront women and infants today,” says UAB President Carol Garrison. “This facility is truly a complement to the world-class patient care for which UAB is known. We thank all our generous donors who contributed to making it a reality.”
Maintaining the Momentum / Summer 2010