VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A Valdosta hospital has new arrival, an expanded labor and delivery unit.
Smith Northview Hospital says with the hundreds of babies delivered last year
They needed more space. They're unveiling a $2-million expansion.
It's been a long awaited delivery at Smith Northview hospital.
The Eanes Birth Center is now up and running.
Officials there expect 750 babies will be delivered by the end of this year.
Many women will tell you the greatest joy in life is being a mother. And Dr. Ellen Eanes Courson's speciality is delivering babies.
Dr. Courson has worked at Smith Northview for six years.
"When I came here we had two labor and delivery recovery rooms and they were delivering about 50-60 babies per year, since I've come on and brought my practice three more physicians," said Dr. Courson.
As more physicians came on board, the number of babies delivered increased.
"We were overflowing, splitting at the seems," said Dr. Courson.
The 6,000 square foot expansion includes three new delivery suites, a larger nursery and nurse's unit, antepartum and more post partum rooms.
"It's got hardwood floors all new equipment and high technology," said Jim Matney, the Smith Northview CEO. "We're excited what we have to offer the public."
The hospital wanted to honor Dr. Courson by naming the center in her honor, but Dr. Courson had it named after her late mother Dorothy Eanes because of her mother's dedication to raising nine children with her father.
"My mother was really the inspiration behind my going to medical school and becoming a physician she certainly did dedicate her life to babies and children so it's just very special to me," said Dr. Courson.
And with this expansion Smith Northview says they'll be able to serve mothers and babies better.
650 babies were delivered last year at Smith Northview Hospital.
In addition to the Eanes Birth Center, Smith Northview Hospital is also home to a Joseph M. Still Burn Center.
The hospital tells us there's about 3,000 burn patients in Valdosta and the surrounding area who need follow up care.
Burn center patients are seen every Wednesday. The hospital says it's convenient for treatment and check ups rather than driving to the burn center in Augusta.
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