CentraCare announces birth center will open in December

CentraCare Health – Monticello will reopen its birth center in December to provide labor, delivery and newborn care, hospital officials announced Tuesday in a press release.

The birth center will offer moms and their families a new, private, serene and contemporary environment to welcome their babies. In addition, the birth center will provide family amenities such as comfortable sofa beds for dads, mini-refrigerators in each room and a dedicated family room to offer comfort and convenience for relatives and friends who visit to support the new mother and baby.

Care at the birth center will be provided by the OB/GYN physicians, Family Medicine physicians and pediatricians from the Monticello Clinic and Albertville-St. Michael Clinic. Physician anesthesia coverage will also be available.

“I am proud to be part of creating the new Birth Center at CentraCare Health – Monticello,” Timothy Olson, MD, OB/GYN at the Monticello Clinic stated in the news release. “With input from physicians, community members and hospital staff, the Birth Center is designed to create the most desirable environment to support new moms, babies and families. I am privileged to be able to share in the experience of welcoming a new baby, and I look forward to delivering many of these special moments for families at the Birth Center in Monticello.”

As part of CentraCare Health – Monticello’s commitment to supporting the health and well-being of the community, the Birth Center will offer families the opportunity to deliver their babies close to home near family and friends.

“We are very excited to open the new Birth Center,” stated Mary Ellen Wells, Administrator at CentraCare Health – Monticello. “We are planning a great kick-off in December, with state-of-the-art facilities, highly-skilled physicians and nurses, and top-notch care and service. The Birth Center is another example of CentraCare Health – Monticello’s commitment to the community.”

St. Cloud-based CentraCare Health also announced Tuesday it had named Craig Broman president of regional hospitals, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Broman will continue as St. Cloud Hospital president, a job he has held since December 2002.

In his new position, Broman will work to coordinate and enhance the operations of the CentraCare hospitals in Long Prairie, Melrose, Monticello and Sauk Centre.

Broman has extensive experience with regional systems in the western United States, where he led hospitals, clinics and nursing homes from 1980 until 2002, CentraCare stated in a news release.

Until January, responsibility for the regional hospitals will remain with Jim Davis, CentraCare’s vice president corporate services, who will retire at year-end.

“I am pleased that Craig will be overseeing the regional hospitals,” Davis stated in the news release. “He will be a good fit with the leadership teams and front-line employees at those facilities, who do outstanding work.”

Broman noted that the regional hospitals and St. Cloud Hospital can learn from each other. “An integration committee is working to more clearly define ‘the CentraCare way’ to ensure consistency in patient care and operational procedures,” he said.  “Each regional site has a unique personality that will be preserved, but as CentraCare has grown, it is imperative that we develop operational efficiencies and system-wide standards.”