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An example of a labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum room (LDRP) to be constructed at Mercy Hospital South.

Mercy Hospital South, 10010 Kennerly Road, has announced it will rebuild its entire labor and delivery unit. The improvements will include larger patient rooms, the latest technology and greater access to newborn services.

“Our goal is to create a destination for women in the South County community where they can receive comprehensive, exceptional care,” said Donna Frazier, Mercy Hospital South chief nursing officer.

Mercy will create 14 labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms (LDRPs) with separate family waiting rooms close by. This combination will provide mothers with additional space in their rooms while also meeting their privacy needs.

The rebuild also will include an eight-bed, level 2 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a relocated perinatal center, four triage rooms, renovated operating (c-section) rooms and space for future growth.

The Boniface Foundation is making a donation to cover the $18 million cost of the project.

“We were aware that Mercy Hospital South was committed to making improvements in the mother/baby service, and Boniface Foundation is delighted to step up with the necessary funding to create the new space,” said Win Reed, Boniface Foundation chairman of the board. “Our hope is that moms, babies and families will find the new space to be inviting and comforting.”

Construction is planned in four phases beginning in late 2019 and lasting through early 2021.

Women who are planning for or expecting a baby can visit www.mercy.net/SouthMotherBaby to download a baby on the way guide.