By Don Bolding
Killeen Daily Herald
Members and guests of the Exchange Club of Killeen Monday heard Metroplex Health System community relations director Susan Kolodziejczyk report that the Metroplex Foundation had raised about $2 million toward an $8.2 million price tag for a renovation and expansion of Killeen Metroplex Hospital's Women's Health Center, to be named the Sue Mayborn Women's Center.
Introduced by incoming club president Maureen Jouett, Kolodziejczyk said, "We broke ground on this project only six months ago. It's remarkable what our benefactors have helped us achieve in that time. We're ever more eager now to reach our goal of offering comprehensive women's health care in one convenient place and offering spacious, comfortable facilities for our rapidly-growing birth rate."
The 18-month goal in the capital campaign is $3 million.
She said the birth rate at Metroplex had more than doubled in 10 years, with a third of the births to military families. The hospital is seeking to expand spaces that have become cramped.
Darnall Army Medical Center is also building a women's health center. Asked if that would reduce the caseload at the Metroplex facility, Kolodziejczyk said, "It will probably reduce our rate of births to military families, but the civilian population here is growing so fast that we expect to need all the facilities we're planning."
Metroplex plans to complete its facilities in 2009. Darnall's are scheduled to open in 2010.
"Women are typically the caretakers in their families, and they tend to neglect their own health. By offering a new facility where they can get attention for all their needs quickly and easily, we think we'll contribute a great deal to the overall health of the community," she said.
New birth facilities will include state-of-the-art labor and delivery services including eight new labor and delivery rooms and 10 new postpartum rooms, with 14 to be renovated. The nursery will be centralized in the postpartum space and upgraded in size and technology.
Other services in the project include preventative care, early detection, intervention and education with a health resource room, a wellness education community classroom, a family waiting room and children's play area. Services including assessments, lab work, bone density studies, mammogram tests and ultrasound tests will be brought from other parts of the hospital for the convenience of patients.
"The new facilities will be much more comfortable for families," Kolodziejczyk said.
Capital campaign committee members are Mary Kliewer, chair; Paula Lohse, community chair; and Dr. Brad Buckley, Suzi Chapman, Diane Connell, Bill Kliewer, Les Ledger, Ted Smith, Dr. Luther Street, Dr. Stephen Vancura, Wallace Vernon and Shelly Wells. Honorary chairs are Sid Wieser and Bill Yowell.
Metroplex Foundation manager is Daphne Meade at (254) 519-8307. More information and donation arrangements are available from the Metroplex Community Relations Department at (254) 519-8200.
Contact Don Bolding at email@example.com or (254) 501-7557.