Rome Health to receive $3 million from county for C-section suite

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ROME — During the State of the County address Wednesday, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced Rome Health will receive $3 million to help fund a dedicated C-section suite adjacent to the maternity department on the fourth floor.

“This center will enhance the hospital’s ability to manage complex and high-risk pregnancies...,” Picente said Wednesday, adding that the investment is possible through federal funds.

The hospital plans to renovate 2,000 square-feet of existing space and convert it to a modern surgical suite adjacent to the Maternity Department for enhanced patient safety, and to optimize the hospital’s existing operating suites on the first floor.

Although the hospital’s C-section rate is better than the state average, the hospital’s overall obstetrics volume grew 28.5% between 2020 and 2021 with reduced access to care in neighboring communities and the hospital’s designation as one of only two “Best Maternity Hospitals” in the state.

In addition, the hospital’s overall surgical volume increased 26.4% with the addition of new service lines and new surgeons. Currently, one of the four existing operating rooms is reserved for emergent C-sections. 

Creating a dedicated Women’s Surgical Suite for both scheduled and emergent C-sections will increase available capacity for general surgical growth. In 2021, 744 babies were born at Rome Health. Of those, 282 were by C-section, including repeat procedures. 

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