Thursday, February 4, 2010

Cookeville Hospital To Expand OB Unit

Cookeville Regional Medical Center is hoping to get the go-ahead tonight to proceed with a long anticipated project. The hospital wants to update and expand is OB unit. CEO Bernie Mattingly says the hospital has simply outgrown its current space, in part because more babies are being born at the hospital. He says last year, almost 1,600 babies were delivered and the hospital expects to exceed that number in 2010. The average for several years was just over a thousand babies a year. Mattingly also says the hospital may have to add a neo-natal intensive care unit at some point in the future, but the expansion being considered by the city council tonight will not include that and is expected to cost about $4 million. The expansion will allow the hospital to add five labor, delivery and recovery rooms or LDRs, in addition to expanding the newborn nursery, which can currently accommodate 16 bassinets. The council will consider the project when they meet tonight at six.