To better accommodate the needs of birthing mothers and new families, Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System has announced an expansion of the hospital’s Women’s Center.
The project will provide two additional Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) rooms and will enhance comfort, privacy and security for mothers and new babies.
When the project is complete, one of the new LDRP rooms will be named after Bill Black, MD, OB/GYN and former chief of staff at Morristown-Hamblen. Dr. Black, who died in February, joined the hospital staff in 2007 and was beloved by patients, hospital employees and the community.
The current LDRP area has a total of six rooms. When the hospital adjusted operations in 2020 to provide capacity for COVID-19 patients, beds that were typically used for gynecological surgeries transitioned into beds that also were used for other surgical procedures.
The proposed plan will cost approximately $400,000 and will create eight full LDRP rooms and three additional triage rooms, along with a more private entrance to the Women’s Center. Additionally, in a separate project, the nurse call system in the Women’s Center will be upgraded. The hospital’s south wing will continue to operate as a 21-bed surgical unit.
Construction is anticipated to begin in mid-summer. When the Women’s Center renovation is complete, a ceremony will be held in memory of Dr. Black and to present a permanent plaque for display in one of the new LDRP rooms.
College Fund Established for Dr. Black’s Children
Community members who wish to support the Black family can contribute to a college fund that has been established for his children. Contributions can be mailed to:
College Fund for the Children of Dr. Bill Black
PO Box 82
Russellville, TN 37860
Contributions also may be dropped off at First Horizon Bank, 1112 W. First North St., Morristown, TN 37814. Checks should be made payable to Melanie Black with “Children’s College Fund” in the memo line.