New mothers have a new place to convalesce after giving birth, now that Jersey City Medical Center officially opened the Lord Abbett Maternity Wing at a ribbon-cutting ceremony before hospital executives, donors, and elected officials on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The new 17,500 square-foot innovative third floor of the hospital at 355 Grand St. adds 20 private postpartum mother-baby rooms, designed to promote family bonding and provide the best outcomes for newborns, mothers, and families.
Room features, floor amenities, and modern equipment on the new wing are focused on providing a family-centric birthing experience.
The wing features sound-dampening floors, LED ambient lighting, and a digital thermostat in each room to create a peaceful and comfortable environment.
Each room includes a couch with a work table that turns into a bed, a personal bathroom, smart TV with streaming service, and USB ports to charge electronic devices.
The TV also includes a prescription feature that allows patients to see what prescriptions they are on and the reasons they are taking them.
Rooms also have a Halo bassinet which makes it easier for new moms to access their newborns because the bassinet can swivel over the bed and has an ergonomic side door that mothers can open without having to bend over in order to more easily pick up and hold their babies.
Each room is equipped with a Work station on Wheels (WOW) for nursing charting, keeping the nurse close to the patient’s room.
The floor features family waiting and seating areas, a lactation room with private stalls, and a nutrition room with a refrigerator, ice and water machine, and coffee and tea.
The new wing pays tribute to the hospital’s history with the Margret Hague Donor Wall.
From 1931 to 1979 the Margret Hague Maternity Hospital delivered more than 350,00 babies and was established during the administration of Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague, who named it after his mother.
That hospital stood where Jersey City Medical Center now stands.
“The partnership of business and health care is critical for the well-being and growth of our community,” said President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center Michael Prilutsky. “Through the generous support and outstanding partnership of Lord Abbett, the Lord Abbett Maternity wing offers a family-centric birthing experience that matches the world-class labor and delivery services available at Jersey City Medical Center.”
The new wing was made possible through a $1 million donation from Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC (Lord Abbett), an independent, privately-held investment management firm that relocated to Jersey City in 2002.
“Lord Abbett recently celebrated its 90th Anniversary,” said Lord Abbett Managing Partner Douglas Sieg. “As a firm that believes the strength of the organization is our people—and the strength of our people is family—I can think of no better way to help kick off our next 90 years than with the opening of the Lord Abbett Maternity Wing at Jersey City Medical Center. Our partnership with Jersey City Medical Center-RWJBarnabas Health to create this state-of-the-art wing is a meaningful demonstration of our long-term commitment to supporting generations of families in this diverse and vibrant community.”
Jersey City Medical Center also offers a level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and a full range of pre-and post-natal classes.
To date, JCMC’s NICU has had zero cases of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), achieving the rare distinction of being “CLABSI-free” for six years.
In 2019, close to 2,000 newborns were welcomed at Jersey City Medical Center, including the successful delivery of the first set of quintuplets born in Hudson County. This year, hospital staff celebrated the birth of New Jersey’s first newborn of 2020 at the stroke of midnight.
To learn more or to schedule a tour of the Lord Abbett Maternity Wing, visit rwjbh.org/maternity.