A digital clock ticks down the seconds to the opening of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton’s much-anticipated labor and delivery unit, while crews are working on remaining touches.
And work has been going so well lately that hospital officials have announced the 10-unit obstetrics unit will now open Sept. 12 instead of in October as originally expected.
“We’re excited to offer mothers due in September the option of delivering here in Braselton,” said Anthony Williamson, president of the South Hall hospital.
The 10 rooms will serve for all stages of having a baby — labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care.
The unit will also have a family waiting area, two cesarean section suites and on-site lactation consultants.
Also opening Sept. 12 is a four-bed neonatal intensive care unit, treating moderately ill infants born at 32 weeks or later.
“We’ve heard from several people who are happy we’ve moved up (the opening date) so they could fall in that time frame,” said Megan Cargile, manager of the unit, during a Tuesday tour of the unit. “We’re very happy about that.”
She said she is personally excited about the project.
“I joke that this is my baby and it’s almost due,” Cargile said.
The hospital is planning an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 20 during which expectant parents can tour the unit and check out vendors and booths.
“We’ll have a photographer come and do some maternity photos,” Cargile said. “I think it’ll be a fun (event).”
Williamson has said he believes the new unit will “change the look and feel of the hospital.”
“Delivering babies ... is always a big focus of most hospitals of this size. ... It’s a community need. It’s a basic service, if you will.”
Cargile said plans also are being laid to celebrate the first births at the new hospital.
“Hopefully, we’ll have more than one (on Sept. 12),” she said. “I think we’ll have several.”