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Moms, Babies Endorse Exempla Addition

May 06, 2009
Moms, babies endorse Exempla addition Contributed by: Karen Groves/YourHub.com on 4/1/2009 While constuction cranes moved slowly outside, a group of moms and babies in the Survival for New Moms class at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge gathered with employees and passers by in the hospital lobby to add a personal endorsement of the building $225 million expansion, which will add 200,000 square feet to the existing hospital with a five-story tower North Pavilion. The tower will be topped off with the metal I-beam that was signed by moms and footprinted by babies on April 1. R.N. Robin Veraldi, the director of the class, said the class meets weekly until the babies are six months old. It is open to the moms and babies who deliver at the hospital and to the community as well, according to Veraldi. "We study a variety of topics during the class so moms feel more prepared. We sometimes have guest doctors who talk about immunizations or demonstrations on car seats. Quite often the moms form play groups as a result of their participation in the class," Veraldi said. Alissa Stevens, of Arvada, was carrying baby Cate. Stevens said she liked the class because it gives moms an opportunity to get out. "It's important to get out and in this class you're surrounded by people who've shared the same experience. It's informal and casual. There are babies crying and moms changing diapers." Stevens said she enjoyed the programs about SIDS and pediatric dentistry she had listened to recently. As patients, doctors and nurses strolled by, some stopped to sign the I-beam, generating an almost reunion like atmosphere. According to Kim Kobel, media relations specialist, the new tower will open in 2010 and include space for new operating rooms and surgical center; a new birthing center and neonatal intensive care unit and 36 medical/surgical rooms as well as future expansion of the emergency care area. She said the project will be funded from existing investments and from new bonds. As part of its commitment to the community, Kobel said the focus has been on preserving the historic Blue House and Chapel, enhancing green spaces, improving parking and maintaining the footprint and overall height of the hospital. For more information, visit www.www.exempla.org. More info: Cost: $20 per month or $5 per class Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:30-noon. To register or for additional information: 303.689.4595For information about Survival for New Moms classes, visit, http://www.exempla.org.