The ribbon has been cut on the upgraded renovations at the St. Joseph's Hospital's maternity ward.
The unveiling on Monday evening in Estevan showed off included major improvements to the patient rooms and bathing rooms, with many features that will not only help the process go smoother, but also make new mothers feel more at home during their stay.
"That's exactly what we wanted was a home experience for all of the patients," says Becky Cassidy, Executive Director of the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation. "To just feel that they are in a sterile environment, we didn't want them to feel that way. We wanted them to feel like they were in their own home,"
The renovated ward was funded with a $65,000 commitment by the Estevan Kinettes Club, one announced during the 2017 Radiothon. They have made a full ten year commitment to the hospital foundation with the funds from their annual craft show.
"If we're going to do anything let's do it in the maternity ward and try and get those spruced up because a lot of us have been in these rooms before," added Susan Colbow, a member of the Estevan Kinnettes.
Their donation paid for all the upgrades to the bedrooms for the patients, the nursery remodeling. Additional funding came from the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, which went towards renovating the new bathrooms with deeper tubs among other things.
"It's really nice to have world class care right here at home and not have to travel, and not only is it nice to have the care but now we have these rooms that just absolutely gorgeous and modernized," adds Cassidy