Newport Hospital to Unveil Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center Renovations, Celebrate Center's 20th Anniversary

October 1, 2015

Open house on Oct. 3 will include tours, staff meet & greets, information on new “gentle” C-section, healthy pregnancy, infant care and more

Birthing_Center_NHAs part of its commitment to OB/GYN and family-centered care, Newport Hospital has completed a renovation of its Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center, just in time for the center’s 20th anniversary. Updates to the facility range from new flat screen televisions and sleep sofas for partners and spouses to artfully designed doors for cupboards that neatly house medical equipment.

“Newport Hospital prides itself on offering high-quality, family-centered care and adapting to the needs of each family,” said Crista F. Durand, president, Newport Hospital. “At the Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center, we offer a unique combination of a home-like atmosphere with high-tech support and a highly skilled newborn/maternal clinician team that can handle any emergency.”

The birthing center first opened its doors in 1995 and since that time more than 13,000 babies have been born there. Debra Venancio, RN, manager of maternal and child health at Newport Hospital from 2012 to 2015, now manages patient care for the hospital’s OB/GYN practices. She gave birth to all of her children at the birthing center and was fortunate to be there again for the births of her five grandchildren.

“The maternal/newborn team at the birthing center is truly committed to caring for moms and their families,” Venancio said. “On average, the nursing team alone has 20-plus years of experience. They always receive the highest patient satisfaction scores and families remember them by name, often staying connected for years after a delivery.”

“This physical refresh is important, as our mothers and families deserve a welcoming, attractive space. But as always, facilities are secondary to the people who bring them to life,” said Durand.

Newport Hospital now has a full complement of OB/GYN providers. Earlier this year, the hospital welcomed two new physicians and a nurse midwife to the OB/GYN team who sees patients at the hospital’s Newport and Portsmouth locations. The pediatric team continues to provide skilled, seamlessly integrated care to newborns and supportive assistance to moms with breastfeeding and newborn care concerns – contributing to the prestigious Baby Friendly designations the birthing center has earned from the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

Other renovations to the space include warm wood flooring, new paint and colors, and attractive curtains and accessories in the rooms. “Our patient rooms look and feel cozy and comfortable,” said Denise Sullivan, RN, director of women’s and newborn services at Newport Hospital.

New artwork has also been added and there is a special area designated for special pieces that have been donated to the birthing center over the years. A new sign now welcomes expectant families and visitors.

The October 3 open house will include a ribbon cutting with the Newport County Chamber of Commerce and brief remarks by birthing center staff. Nurses will also take questions on subjects like breastfeeding, family-centered care, and “gentle” C-section, a caesarean option that mirrors elements of natural childbirth immediately post-partum. Light refreshments will be provided and free parking will be available. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 401-845-1564.