Allina Health and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of
Minnesota (Children's) announced they will grow their
birthing center partnership by breaking ground on The Mother
Baby Center at Mercy
Hospital, part of Allina Health, in Coon Rapids, Minn. on
May 14. The new Center, targeted to open mid-2015, will provide
all mothers and families in the north Twin Cities metro area -
including Coon Rapids, Anoka, Buffalo, Maple Grove and
neighboring communities - access to a network of world-class,
family-centered birthing options closer to home.
The Mother Baby Center at Mercy, a $30 million initiative,
will feature the only Level II special care nursery in the
north metro with private patient rooms, providing in-room
accommodations for families to stay together with their baby.
For babies born at less than 34 weeks gestation, or for those
who require a higher level of care, there will also be a
seamless transition to and from The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern
Hospital and Children's in Minneapolis.
"Adding more specialized services at Mercy, especially for
high-risk mothers and babies will mean fewer will need to go
farther from home for care. We want to keep mothers and
babies as close together as possible. Patients are happier
when they can receive the care they need close to home. That
is what Allina Health aspires to do in all of the communities
we serve," said Penny Wheeler, MD, president and chief
clinical officer, Allina Health.
Mercy Hospital will ultimately move its current birth center
to a new 62,200-square-foot, two-story Mother Baby Center
attached to the hospital. For high-risk patients, a skyway
will grant connection to the hospital's main operating room.
Initial capacity of The Mother Baby Center delivered by Mercy
and Children's will accommodate 2,700 births annually, with
shelled space for growth for up to 3,500 births annually.
"Mothers and families want a personalized and safe birthing
experience in a space that is thoughtfully designed, features
state of the art technology and is staffed by the highest
trained professionals. With Children's as a partner, The
Mother Baby Center at Mercy will optimize the quality of care
for all mothers and babies in the north metro," said Alan L.
Goldbloom, MD, chief executive officer, Children's. "Building
on the experience and success of The Mother Baby Center at
Children's and Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis, I'm
confident this expansion will continue to advance the
standards of maternal, fetal and newborn care across the
Additional features of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy will
A designated entrance with valet services and immediate
access to triage
10 labor and delivery rooms
22 post-partum rooms
Two large operating rooms
An infant resuscitation room
A 10-room Level II special care nursery with 14 bassinets
A newborn nursery
Five triage rooms
All private patient rooms with full bathrooms, luggage
carts, hospitality amenities (hairdryers, large screen TV,
iPod docking station, fold-out sleeper sofa, etc.)
A family lounge dedicated to families whose baby requires
Provider call rooms
The announcement of the ceremonial groundbreaking of The
Mother Baby Center delivered by Mercy and Children's comes
just over a year after the grand opening of The Mother Baby
Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children's, which
opened in February 2013.
Allina Health and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have collaborated to create a great place to have a baby and to be a baby.