Brandon, Florida (October10, 2013) – Brandon Regional Hospital announces that on October 6, 2013 its Labor, Delivery and Antepartum Department commemorated 30 years of service.
On June 6, 1977, “Brandon Community Hospital” opened its doors to the community. On October 3, 1983, the Labor, Delivery and Mother/Baby Care Department opened to the public and two children were born within hours of each other. Stephanie Dianne Storey was born at 3:40 pm on October 6 and was delivered by Dr. Stephen Mark Zweibach. She was the first of the two infants to arrive. At 5:37 pm Elizabeth Faye Outlaw entered the world delivered by Dr. Mark Charles Maltzer. The infants were born at a 16 bed OB unit which later increased to 29 beds and 15 delivery rooms.
In the 30 years since Stephanie Diane and Elizabeth Faye entered the world, 83,000 babies have been born at Brandon Regional Hospital.
“Thirty years ago I was lucky to deliver the first baby at Brandon Regional, forever ending the need to drive to Tampa to have one’s baby,” said Dr. Zweibach. “This made us really feel that Brandon was its own community. I was proud to take part in the birth of our maternity unit, anchoring a new chapter in the growth and development of Brandon as its own community with Brandon Hospital at its center for the beginning of many lives,” he added.
Dr. Zweibach commented that over these thirty years the hospital has grown from a small town community hospital to a full-service medical hospital. “I am privileged to still be part of the team. A lot has changed – more high-tech, more quality-driven procedures, more safety. What has not changed is the commitment of our hospital and nursing staff to provide a warm, caring, personal feeling for each and every patient coming to have their baby in Brandon. That’s why I am still here. I am proud to bring my patients here,” added Dr Zweibach.
Over the years Brandon Regional Hospital has met the needs of the community with the addition of many technological advances in the areas of obstetrics and pediatrics. In March of 1999 Brandon Regional Hospital’s new neonatal intensive care unit opened. The current unit is a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, which means in can care for the smallest of infants and all staff is specifically trained and certified to help these little lives. In September of 1999 the pediatric unit in its new emergency department. In 2011 the Women’s Center was expanded. In April of this year Brandon Regional Hospital’s new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit opened.
Brandon Regional Hospital continues to maintain its commitment to excellence in the areas of labor, delivery and antepartum. “In 2011 we implemented an initiative to only perform elective surgeries after 39 weeks gestation unless medically indicated,” said Bland Eng, CEO. “This initiative is becoming widespread throughout the nation; however, Brandon Regional Hospital and our parent company, HCA the healthcare company, implemented this initiative before it became a national movement.”
Many United States hospitals frequently deliver babies before 39 weeks’ gestation without a medical indication, according to data released by The LeapFrog Group an employer funded organization that seeks to improve healthcare quality and safety. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists says elective surgery should not be done before 39 weeks’ gestation and this initiative is being highly promoted by the March of Dimes.
The physicians at Brandon Regional Hospital now attempt to perform no “elective” deliveries prior to 39 weeks’ gestation unless medically indicated. “We congratulate our physicians as they are 100% on board with this initiative,” added Mr. Eng.
About Brandon Regional Hospital
Brandon Regional Hospital is a proud member of the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. BRH is a 398-acute care facility which includes a 25-bed Behavioral Health Center. BRH holds the following certifications:
· The first hospital in Hillsborough County to receive accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI from The Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· The three star award for excellence in cardiac surgery – the highest award given by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
· Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
· The Bariatric Center of Excellence award by the American Society of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
· The Brandon Regional Hospital Echocardiography Lab has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in the area of adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
In addition, BRH offers quality patient care services including:
· The Women’s Center at Brandon Regional Hospital, which includes The Baby Suites, Level III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and new in-patient rooms for gynecology and anti-partum patients.
· The Reflux Center, which has developed a comprehensive approach for the diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux disease by combining highly skilled physicians and the latest technology to provide effective solutions.
· The Behavioral Health Center a 25 bed unit which emphasizes the importance of instilling hope with group and individual psychotherapy, medication assessment, psycho-educational group, family support and education groups, and interventions designed to guide the mind, body, and spirit to recovery.
· The Heart & Vascular Center offer the latest diagnoses and treatment options in neurological, spine and cardiac conditions.
Brandon Regional Hospital has recently initiated a program to only perform elective deliveries at 39 weeks gestation unless medically indicated. Although this initiative is becoming wide-spread throughout the nation, Brandon Regional Hospital and HCA implemented this initiative before it became a national movement.
Brandon Regional Hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511. For more information contact Patricia Montgomery, 813-571-5105 or go to BrandonRegionalHospital.com.