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Women & Children’s Health | Ceremony CONTINUED
“Now we are giving these families an expanded, state-ofthe-art facility that is designed for the whole family and women across the lifespan. This is going to be
an incredible place — with the care and innovation that our families and our community deserve. This is where parents are born. This is where families are born.”
Plans for the 400,000 square-foot Center for Women & Children’s Health were shaped by health care professionals, patients and families, and designed by the architectural firm HKS.
“As we are designing the building, we are attuned to the changing needs of women across generations and how to engage women before, during and after they walk through our doors,” said Matthew Hoffman, M.D., MPH, FACOG, Marie E. Pinizzotto, M.D., Endowed Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Christiana Care. “Our community relies on us to lead the way in women’s and children’s health.”
One of the mothers who helped shape the final blueprints of the new center is Amanda Sleeper, co-chair of the health system’s volunteer Women & Children’s Patient and Family Advisory Committee.
“Everyone wants an exceptional experience in the place they start their families,”
said Sleeper, who with other attendees at Wednesday’s ceremony signed the final beam before it was raised. “This new center
“All of us want the very best for the newest members of our community and for their families. Through this new center we are bringing the full range of the health system’s expertise to women, babies and children. This significant initiative is part of our commitment to the healthy future of our community and our state.”
 Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH
at Christiana Care represents the future of women and children’s health in Delaware.”
Delaware Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, one of several government leaders who attended Wednesday’s topping out, said the center
is “just one piece of Christiana Care’s leadership in women’s and children’s health in Delaware ... making sure mothers and children have the best care possible.”
 Christiana Care has an exceptionally experienced maternity care team, delivering more than 6,000 babies a year, the highest volume of any health care provider in Delaware, and has Delaware’s only Level III (highest level) neonatal intensive care unit at a delivering hospital.
Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, adds her signature to the final steel beam destined to go atop the new Center for Women & Children’s Health at Christiana Care’s Christiana Hospital campus.
program of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, for its commitment to the highest level of care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding.
“This project is so much more than bricks and mortar,” said Chief Operating Officer Sharon Kurfuerst, Ed.D., OTR/L, FACHE, FAOTA, FABC. “It signals a transformation of women’s and children’s care at Christiana Care.” 
Services as the region’s only
hristiana Care already has
been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health & Human
National Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.
Additionally, Christiana Care has earned the Baby-FriendlyTM designation by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative — a global
  A large audience comprising Christiana Care leaders, staff and commuity members came out to sign the final steel beam and watch it placed atop the new structure.

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