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Construction of Perinatal Support Unit completes renovation of Via Christi NewLife Center

Perinatal Support Unit

Construction of a new Perinatal Support Unit at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph is complete — finishing the renovation of the hospital’s fourth-floor NewLife Center.

The newly remodeled unit is designed to enhance privacy, comfort and convenience of the expectant moms coming in to have their readiness to deliver evaluated. It has five private exam rooms and three restrooms, including one that is handicapped-accessible. The unit’s furnishings and décor were updated to reflect the soothing, nature-themed look of the rest of the NewLife Center, which features 15 labor and delivery suites; 28 mother and baby suites; and a 28-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“It’s beautiful,” said Julianna Rieschick, the hospital’s assistant chief nursing officer. “It’s a wonderful gateway to the personalized care our NewLife team delivers to each and every delivering mom and her family.”

Most of the funding for the more than $300,000 project was raised by local Walmart stores, which since 1988 have raised nearly $4.2 million in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Ascension Via Christi.

“Walmart associates’ passionate support for the vulnerable children and their families who come to Via Christi for care is simply amazing,” said Kara White, who leads CMN Hospitals as part of the Philanthropy team at Via Christi.

Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture was the architect and Eby Construction was the general contractor for the project.