Caitlin Marley Sell arrived at 8:02 a.m. on June 28. It was, of course, a monumental occasion for her parents, Kelly and David Sell, of Centerville. Little did they know, it also was a monumental occasion for AAMC, when the hospital celebrated the 4,000th birth during fiscal year 2000.
Dr. Debra Hardy-Cartwright of Women’s Healthcare Associates was the attending physician. Hospital staff sent flowers to the new mother and an embroidered T-shirt in honor of the event.
In the closing days of the fiscal year, which ended June 30, the total reached 4,037, exceeding the 1999 number of births by 255 and breaking its own record for the fifth year in a row. Karen Peddicord, RN, PhD, clinical administrator of AAMC’s women’s and children’s services, attributes the increase to the excellent quality of care and to an extension of the hospital’s service area throughout Anne Arundel County and into parts of Prince George’s County and the Eastern Shore. In addition, a new on-site helipad and a state designation of regional referral center for its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit make AAMC attractive for women with high-risk pregnancies. The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is able to care for the sickest and most premature babies, which has brought many high-risk patients from all over the region to the hospital.
The Clatanoff Pavilion also is known for its amenities, which has earned the nickname “The Clatanoff Hotel.” Amenities include private birthing suites, complimentary massages for new mothers and per-sonalized mother-baby nursing care.
As for the Clatanoff building itself, this summer two new labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) rooms opened, bringing the total LDR rooms to 24. One more will open this fall. In addition, there are 27 mother/baby rooms and nine gynecology rooms. The steady growth has meant adding nursing staff as well. The increased number of deliveries also has meant adding a second full-time per day lactation consultant and enlarging the anesthesia staff.
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