Lisa DeLong knew she was in good hands well before walking through the doors of Sharp Grossmont Hospital to give birth to her third child. Serving as a labor and delivery nurse for 15 years at Sharp Grossmont, DeLong was familiar with the excellent care and compassion staff provide to patients.
Alongside Sharp's dedication to patient-centered care, women giving birth at Sharp Grossmont now enjoy an added bonus - relaxing with their bundle of joy in newly remodeled postpartum delivery rooms.
The hospital recently unveiled 24 remodeled, private postpartum delivery suites in its Women's Health Center. The suites include flat-screen televisions, stylish bathrooms, nature-inspired art, wood floors and other amenities to accommodate families of the approximately 4,000 babies born at Sharp Grossmont each year.
"I was thrilled to be able to stay in a newly renovated room," says DeLong. "The decor was warm and welcoming, and there was a comfortable place for my husband to stay overnight. There was soothing artwork on the walls and a spa-like feel to the lighting and lattice-wood ceiling. I felt very comfortable in this room and felt as though it was helpful in the healing process."
According to Lily Pisegna, director of women's and infant's services at Sharp Grossmont, calming colors and inspirations from nature were integrated into the design of the rooms to enhance the patient experience. The rooms are also spacious enough for families to visit and intended to feel more like home than a hospital.
"Birth is a celebration of life for the entire family," says Pisegna. "We encourage family members to participate in the experience."
Families will find new furniture, including reclining chairs for overnight guests, artwork and custom wardrobes. Each room also offers controlled lighting, solar shades, blackout blinds and private bathrooms with vanity mirrors.
Jeanine Pyka, manager of obstetrics/gynecology and lactation at Sharp Grossmont, notes that guest satisfaction guided the design direction.
"What guests see, touch, use and perceive as pleasing influences the birthing experience and the recovery process," says Pyka.
Plans to remodel the labor and delivery rooms are in the works and are expected to be completed in 2017.