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St. Peter's Dedicates the Hearst Family Center: Spacious, Comfortable Rooms for Mothers, Newborns

St. Peter's officials, staff and community leaders today held dedication ceremonies for the Hearst Family Center ­ the new home for St. Peter's comprehensive Women's and Children's Services. It is the first center to be dedicated in the institution's new six-story Patient Care Pavilion. The new Hearst Family Center ­ which features such five-star amenities as spacious single rooms and private bathrooms with well-appointed tile showers ­ will encompass St. Peter's Birthing Center, Mother-Baby unit, newborn nursery and the institution's Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). All patient care centers in the new pavilion will utilize the most modern concepts in patient care design that promote healing, improve patient privacy, enhance patient safety, and help staff provide compassionate care more efficiently. The dedication of the Hearst Family Center is the first in a series of events that will culminate in a celebratory Grand Opening of the hospital's new Patient Care Pavilion in June. The new center was named for the Hearst family to honor a significant contribution to St. Peter's Cornerstone Campaign by the William Randolph Hearst Foundations, the Times Union, and George and Christine Hearst. George R. Hearst III is a member and treasurer of the St. Peter's Health Care Services Board of Trustees and is chairman of the St. Peter's Hospital Foundation's $35 million Cornerstone Campaign. "More babies are born each year at St. Peter's Hospital than at any other institution in our region," said Steven P. Boyle, president, CEO of St. Peter's Health Care Services. "The Hearst Family Center will feature the region's finest maternity facilities to provide special services and amenities for new mothers, babies and other loved ones at this very special time in family life. It also features highly specialized facilities for newborns who need extra care." Participating in today's dedication were Boyle; the Most Reverend Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany; George and Christine Hearst; Sydney Tucker Jones III, chairman of the St. Peter's Health Care Services Board of Trustees; Thomas R. Tyrrell, chairman of the Board of St. Peter's Hospital Foundation and a member of the Board of St. Peter's Health Care Services; and Kathleen Turley, RSM, a member and secretary of the St. Peter's Health Care Services Board and a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community Leadership Team. "We are extremely grateful to the William Randolph Hearst Foundations, Mr. & Mrs. Hearst, and the Times Union for their generosity that made this center possible," said Jones. "Just as the Hearst brand is known for leadership in so many fields of diversified communications, business and industry, it is a name which also represents involvement in philanthropy at all levels." "The Hearst Foundation is known for its generosity towards charitable endeavors nationwide. It is an honor that they have chosen to help St. Peter's efforts to improve care in

our community," said Tyrrell. "George and Christine Hearst represent that same spirit of giving within our own community. They give not only their resources. They also give of their time. We at St. Peter's have benefited greatly from both." Mothers and their newborns will move into the Hearst Family Center starting Sunday, Feb. 13. They will be among the first patients to enjoy St. Peter's Patient Care Pavilion, the sixstory diagnostic, treatment and surgical wing that has been under construction since the fall of 2007. Additional patient care centers and floors will be opening in the next few months as the Pavilion nears completion. Located on the third floor of the Patient Care Pavilion, the newest part of the Hearst Family Center includes 30 patient rooms that can accommodate up to 39 patients. It also has two state-of-the-art newborn observation nurseries, a large waiting area for families, and speciallyequipped isolation rooms to protect mothers and babies who require special care. "With 30 new rooms, including 21 single rooms, St. Peter's will be able to offer a private room nearly every day to the women who deliver at St. Peter's," said Kathleen Marsch, director of St. Peter's Women's and Children's Services. She noted that the bed complement means 70 percent of rooms on the center are private rooms. Each patient room has a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and its own private bathroom including a sink, water closet and shower. The bathroom walls and floors are handsomely appointed with imported Italian, Tuscan ceramic tile. St. Peter's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was renovated and re-opened last year directly adjacent to the maternity facilities in the new Pavilion. The NICU, which has a board-certified neonatologist available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, provides specialized care for infants who are born prematurely and for babies with other special needs. Other features of the new center include: · The patient care center has a unique triangular race track configuration. It is in sharp contrast to the traditional straight corridors, 90 degree corners and intersections experienced in most hospitals and other parts of St. Peter's; All patient rooms are located on the perimeter of the building. A central core contains all of the ancillary support space for the center; Rooms have been designed to support the individual needs of mothers and families, creating a space that is conducive to rest and recovery. The environment is bright, soothing and comfortable, with light-colored materials, and patterns and curved elements; The large circulating corridor is open and spacious, with a high quality of light, particularly natural light. Room lighting can be adjusted to the needs of mothers and their newborns; o Patient rooms have large windows that provide a variety of short and distant views of surrounding neighborhoods or of the Helderberg Mountains. The windows will also allow patients to experience more sunlight -- a source of physical and emotional nourishment;

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o When not with their mothers, babies can be cared for in the two newborn observation nurseries at the center, each accommodating up to 18 bassinets and easily accessible to all patient rooms; · From the public corridor side of the nurseries, "observation platforms" have been created by the "viewing window" in each nursery, allowing visiting siblings to stand and look to see their baby brothers or sisters in the nursery; o The center's Care Team is located closer to each patient with four patient care workstations (formerly known as nursing stations) spread throughout the center. This decentralized nursing care model improves the patient's experience. It puts patients and their caregivers in closer proximity; o Nurses will use an advanced, hands-free communication system that will make it easier for them to quickly care for mothers and their babies; o A separate and discrete Interdisciplinary Team work area allows doctors, nurses and technicians to work with fewer distractions and also helps reduce noise levels on the patient care center; o A state-of-the-art infant security system provides extra protection for the center's tiny patients; · There are large, natural-lighted public spaces throughout the floor. These include the large waiting rooms off the public elevator lobby and the "Apex" room (a multipurpose space on the northwest end of the building near the intersection of Manning Boulevard and New Scotland Avenue); Small lounges, called "Vista Lounges," have been created on the floor from light wells cut into the building facade that allow natural light into the corridors; The large waiting room for families and other visitors has televisions, restrooms and vending machines nearby. The waiting area also has direct access to the Main Street Atrium to be completed later this year, featuring a food court, gift shop, and other services, on the first floor of the new Patient Care Pavilion; and All patient care centers in the Pavilion are connected by a second elevator bank specifically dedicated to the transport of patients, portable clinical devices, supply and distribution carts and staff. This allows for enhanced patient dignity, less congestion, and reduced exposure to the public access elevator bank.

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The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of education, health, culture and social service. The Foundations in 2010 donated more than $24.5 million, including 46 grants worth $7.765 million to health-related projects and programs. The charitable goals of the Foundations reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst by working to ensure that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The Hearst Foundation, Inc., was founded in 1945 by publisher/philanthropist William Randolph Hearst. In 1948, Mr. Hearst established the California Charities Foundation, renamed the William Randolph Hearst Foundation in 1951. Both Foundations are national private philanthropies operating independently from The Hearst Corporation. When completed June 2011, the St. Peter's Patient Care Pavilion will consist of a threestory diagnostic and treatment platform topped by a three-story, 90-bed patient care

pavilion. It will allow St. Peter's to consolidate services that are now in several locations throughout the hospital. It will also include 22 state-of-the-art operating rooms; enhance the privacy and convenience of patients; and further enhance the healing environment that makes St. Peter's the hospital of choice for most families in the Capital Region. The Patient Care Pavilion is the centerpiece of a five-year, $258 million modernization and expansion of St. Peter's Hospital. In all, 600,000 square feet of space will be added or upgraded, creating additional private rooms for patients, modernizing patient-care facilities, expanding parking, and adding a covered walkway linking the hospital to the visitor's parking garage.


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