Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Atrium transformed

Phase 2 of renovation, including patient rooms and physician offices, begins

Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital celebrated the “Grand Re-Opening” of its Atrium on Tuesday, May 11.

“After six months of construction, we’re happy to show off our family- and kid-friendly Atrium,” said David Williams, Rapides Regional Medical Center chief executive officer. “This project gave RWCH a brand new look – one befitting our role as this community’s first choice in healthcare for women and children.”

RRMC employees and members of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce were on hand to hear the announcement regarding “Phase 2” of RWCH’s renovation plan.

“Phase 2 will include all RWCH patient rooms, Labor and Delivery and the common areas of our Medical Pavilion,” said Cheryl Wilson, chief operating officer. “This next phase will include paint, flooring, fixtures and furniture designed to coordinate with the look used in our Atrium remodel.”

The $2.1 million project, which began on May 3, should be completed by late November. Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital construction began in 1987 under the direction of then CEO Julius McLaurin. His vision was to create a hospital dedicated to women’s health.

“Twenty years later, RWCH is now this area’s leader in providing women’s and children’s healthcare,” Williams said. “It is a privilege and responsibility we do not take lightly. We deliver almost 70 percent of all the children born in central Louisiana and are home to the area’s largest neonatal intensive care unit and only pediatric intensive care unit.”

Work on patient rooms, Labor and Delivery suites and the Medical Pavilion will take place after hours, to minimize the inconvenience to patients and visitors.

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