Easley, SC – Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital today revealed their renovated women’s center, featuring remodeled birthing suites that provide additional birthing options for expectant mothers in the growing Easley community.
The Garnet and Polly Barnes Women’s Center includes 13 birthing suites remodeled with state-of-the-art equipment and aesthetic improvements. Eight of the suites are designed to support the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care (LDRP) model of birth in which each part of the birthing process occurs in the same room. This approach is a low-intervention form of birth that allows the same nurses and other care team members to work with mother and baby throughout the duration of their stay, creating a continuity of care.
The renovation also includes the addition of two hydrotherapy tubs, expanding the birth options available for patients who prefer a more natural birth free of medication. Hydrotherapy, a popular technique used in midwifery, employs water pressure to relieve discomfort and pain during labor.
As the Easley community continues to grow, the need for expanded labor and delivery capabilities has become apparent, said Dr. Kacey Eichelberger, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Prisma Health–Upstate.
“We’ve long supported midwifery and other forms of low-intervention birth at Baptist Easley, and these additions help strengthen our commitment to patients who may prefer a more natural birth plan,” continued Eichelberger. “As this community grows, we expect that we’ll see even more parents who are looking for diversity in birthing options. We’re excited to provide these opportunities for families right here at home.”
The Garnet and Polly Barnes Women’s Center is dedicated in memory of Garnet and Polly Barnes, Pickens County natives who demonstrated a lifelong commitment to Baptist Easley Hospital. The $1.2 million renovation was also supported by the Prisma Health Baptist Easley Foundation.
“We are thankful for the legacy of the Barnes family and the support of the Baptist Easley Foundation, which is helping us provide the highest standard of care for our local families,” said Todd Walker, campus president of Baptist Easley Hospital. “This beautiful space will play a role in the lives of many, and we’re honored to be our community’s partner in health.”
About Prisma Health
Prisma Health, a not-for-profit health company, is committed to excellence in patient care, clinical research and teaching the next generation of medical professionals. Our organization – South Carolina’s largest private employer – was formed when Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health joined together in late 2017, officially becoming Prisma Health in January 2019. With 32,000 team members (including volunteers), 18 hospitals and over 300 physician practice sites, we serve more than 1.2 million patients annually – about a quarter of the state’s population. Our goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care. Our cardiovascular, neuroscience, OB/GYN, oncology and orthopedic programs attract patients throughout the region. Also noteworthy are our two renowned children’s hospitals, comprehensive diabetes care and extensive primary care network. Ultimately, we are dedicated to transforming the health care experience for our patients and families, our team members and guests by bringing our purpose to life: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference. Learn more at PrismaHealth.org.