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New Mountain West Women's Center Opens

Aug. 2, 2010

The new Women's Center at Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele, Utah--a 16,000-square-foot expansion that more than doubles the capacity of the hospital's women services--celebrated its grand opening on July 27, 2010. Layton Construction completed the new Women's Center, which begins accepting patients on August 2nd. Layton also built the existing Mountain West Medical Center and Medical Office Building in 2002.

The event included tours of the new facility, a luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremonies. Katelyn Hales, the first baby born at the Mountain West Medical Center when it opened eight years ago, was given the privilege of cutting the ceremonial ribbon, surrounded by doctors and administrators.

The new Women's Center is attached to the northwest of the existing hospital and has its own private entrance with walkways connecting it to the main hospital. The facility includes eight labor, delivery and recovery rooms and five post-partum rooms which feature hardwood floors, nice finishes and comfortable, modern furniture that give the rooms more of a hotel feel. There is a separate, designated room for Cesarean sections and other gynecological surgeries. Additionally, the Center's nursery has been expanded to handle the growth of Tooele and surrounding communities. The Mountain West Medical Center was originally built to accommodate 200 births a year. Since then, the medical center has averaged approximately 500 births a year. The new nursery has lower windows for small children to look through, which is beneficial during flu season since children aren't allowed in patient rooms at that time. There is also a negative-pressure isolation nursery for babies that may have contractible illnesses, which does not allow bacteria and other infectious elements to leave the room.

"All through the construction, we received great cooperation and collaboration from city officials, the planning department, the contractors, and all that participated in it," Kelly Duffin, Mountain West Medical Center CEO, said. "It was a great effort by everyone."

Construction is still underway at the Mountain West Medical Center. Layton is working on a new imaging pavilion to add space for a permanent MRI and, for the first time in Tooele, digital mammography and 3-D imaging of body systems to help diagnose and treat patients. Layton is also completing a renovation of the hospital's prior women services area that will expand the hospital's surgical services. The previous labor and delivery area will be converted into two endoscopy rooms and eight pre-operative and post-operative rooms, and the existing endoscopy room will be converted into a fourth operating room. Both the imaging pavilion and surgical center renovation are expected to be complete by the end of the year.

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