West Chester Hospital Welcomes 500th Baby

Just one day old, Alexander Bales Jones has already made history. His March 14 birth marked the 500th baby born in the region’s newest maternity unit less than a year after West Chester Hospital began offering obstetrical services in April 2015.500th baby

“We are proud to have the opportunity to serve families in the Butler-Warren county area. We welcome our 500th baby with the same enthusiasm as we do every baby delivered at West Chester Hospital, and with additional perspective and excitement as we see our maternity unit continuing to grow at an exponential rate,” said Tom Daskalakis, interim Chief Administrative Officer, West Chester Hospital.

Weighing 7 lbs. 2 ounces, Alexander was born at 7:54 a.m. to proud parents Tina Bales Jones and Robert Jones.

About this time last spring, West Chester Hospital staff and physicians were anxiously awaiting the opening of its new maternity department, and shortly thereafter welcomed their first baby on April 16, 2015. With the quick growth of the unit, it has become apparent to hospital staff and administrators that parents in the Butler and Warren county area do indeed want to deliver close to home, in a hospital known for its service and quality.

“West Chester Hospital is dedicated to helping parents and babies achieve a safe and secure start in life through a commitment to excellent care, support and education,” says Daskalakis.

The 500th birth further highlights the growth West Chester Hospital has experienced in the seven years since the hospital began seeing patients. Opening with 124 patient rooms, the hospital has expanded to 166 adult beds and 33 infant bassinets on five patient care floors. Patients can receive a full complement of care with all major inpatient and outpatient services, designed for the needs of the growing population of the Butler-Warren County corridor.

Comparing data since the first full year of operation to its current statistics, West Chester Hospital has seen a 100 percent increase the number of emergency department visits. The number of surgeries performed at West Chester Hospital has increased nearly 300 percent. Inpatient volume has grown by nearly 200 percent and outpatient volume has grown 1,262 percent.

Answering the community’s call for even more specialized care, West Chester Hospital began offering bariatric surgery in 2011. In 2015 alone, more than 250 patients received weight loss surgery, a growth margin of 13.25 percent over the previous year.

The addition of the UC Health Women’s Center to the West Chester Hospital Campus in 2013 allowed the hospital to extend its care for women using the latest research and technological advances such as 3D breast imaging.

West Chester Hospital has expanded to offer 17 hospital-based clinics to better patients and allow for quicker access. These physician offices offer such services as:

  • Diagnostic Cardiology
  • Kidney and Liver Transplant
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Digestive Diseases
  • Pulmonology
  • And more

“Our hospital opened with just 509 associates, but now employs more than 1,000 individuals, many of whom live in the surrounding community,” Daskalakis says. “This dedication to growing our services and staff, as well as our continued partnership with area businesses and schools, further solidifies our commitment to economic growth in West Chester and the northern Cincinnati region.”

The standard of excellence in healthcare at West Chester Hospital has also been recognized over the last seven years by organizations such as Healthgrades, Becker’s Hospital Review, Press Ganey, and the Joint Commission, among others, through a host of awards and recognitions for outstanding service, quality and safety.

“West Chester Hospital’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the community will only continue to grow in the years to come. We are proud to serve our patients as part of the region’s only academic health system,” says Daskalakis.

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