August 19, 2013
VISALIA – A newly expanded labor and delivery triage area
will allow pregnant women to receive faster and more private care when it opens
this fall at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
The expanded labor and delivery triage area, which has grown
from four to seven beds, will be unveiled at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The
area is where women, who are past 20 weeks gestation, receive treatment for a
variety of health concerns related to pregnancy – signs of pre-term labor, mild
cramping, pain, etc.
“This new area will definitely be a more comfortable and
more private area for our patients during their examinations,” said Regina
Sawyer, Director of Maternal Child Health at Kaweah Delta.
In the new area, patient beds are separated by walls, rather
than curtains, Sawyer said.
Additionally, when the new area opens, women will
continue to be seen by a nurse, but they will also be seen by an obstetrician
who will be in-house 24 hours, seven days a week, Sawyer said.
“Having an obstetrician on site will definitely help women be
seen faster,” Sawyer said.
This service cares for more than 9,000 patients a year.
year, approximately 4,250 babies are delivered at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. For more information on Kaweah Delta's Family Birthing Center, click HERE.