JAMESTOWN – Officials with UPMC Chautauqua Hospital held an open house Wednesday afternoon to highlight their new expansion at 207 Foote Ave.
Hospital officials said the $20 million project features an improved design, additional space, more privacy, and modern amenities for patients and visitors.
Former UPMC Chautauqua President Betsy Wright, who retired late last year, originally championed for the new addition. Wright told WNYNewsNow seeing everything come together is a dream come true.
“I’ve looked at the blueprints, I’ve looked at the schematics, I’ve sat with the team and architects when they were planning it, but to really see it built with the furniture starting to go in, it is incredible. It really is,” said Wright.
The new 42,000 square foot expansion includes four labor and deliver suites along with twelve postpartum private rooms.
As part of the hospital’s mental health service expansion, the new complex will also hold 10 inpatient adolescent mental health beds along with 20 inpatient adult mental health beds.
Additionally, unveiled for the first time was a baby mural wall with more than 700 baby photos submitted by former patients.
“Community is a very important part of what we do here. That is why we asked our friends, our patients, to help us share some thoughts and memories that we could feature in our new units,” said Durniok. In the mental health unit, an inspirational word art display includes about 100 submissions from the community.”