OSU Medical Center Doctors, Nurses Pleased About Visoin2 Earmark

Friday, September 28th 2012, 7:00 pm

By: News On 6

A last minute addition to Tulsa's Vision2 projects would give doctors and nurses more room to work at the OSU Medical Center.

The city council added the hospital's birthing center to its wish list Thursday night.

The birthing center at the OSU Medical Center delivers more than 550 babies every year.

"They receive the best care here but it's time for a facelift," said Doctor Lori Gore-Green.

Dr. Gore-Green is an obstetrician/gynecologist.

She said she's proud of the doctors and nurses, but says the birthing center is in desperate need of a remodel.

She was excited to see the Tulsa City Council added the center to its list of Vision2 projects, earmarking $2.1-million dollars to help renovate the center.

9/27/2012 Related Story: Tulsa City Council Settles On Wish List Of Vision2 Projects

"We are thrilled to be included in these projects," said registered nurse Tracey Kiesau.

Kiesau manages the birthing center.

She points to a number of reasons why it's overdue for a remodel. Their current waiting room for families is too small and the upholstery is falling off the chairs.

Small also describes the labor and delivery rooms. Doctors, nurses, medical students, and family members crowd in there, Kiesau says, making it uncomfortable for the patient, during a very sensitive time.

The bathroom tile, she adds, looks like something from the '70s.

There's also the nursery where oxygen outlets hang from the ceiling, electrical cords droop from desks, and you can see the back of the wall from a previous remodel.

"When you look into a nursery, it needs to be better, it needs to be upgraded, it needs to be more appropriate for the space," Kiesau said.

Medical center officials say it's important to remember this building is owned by the city, so it's part of the city infrastructure and they hope voters remember that, come November.

Dr. Gore-Green said, no matter what voters decide the staff will continue to work hard, but she hopes a newer, better birth center is in the hospital's future.

"Tulsa should be proud, we're proud and, again, this is going to benefit our community," Dr. Gore-Green said.

The City of Tulsa's Vision2 projects total $158 million.

Voters will decide on the package on November 6.


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