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Tahoe Forest Hospital begins transition of Women and Family Center

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The Renn family, from Glenshire: father Dylan, sister Naia Bird, baby Willow Kai, and mom Amy.
Courtesy Tahoe Forest Health System |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Forest Heath System is proud to announce that Willow Kai Renn was the last baby born in the old Women and Family Center, and Bailey King was the first baby born in the new Tahoe Forest Hospital interim Women and Family Center, located in Truckee.

The Women and Family Center (OB Department) has been around since 1952, and though much loved by staff and local families, it was housed in the oldest portion of Tahoe Forest Hospital and did not meet current California seismic codes for hospitals.

It was necessary to relocate the department to a compliant structure.

“Our move went smoothly, and we are excited to be in our new location,” said Jim Sturtevant, Director of Inpatient Services.

The new Women and Family Center is a Measure C project and will be completed in 2016.

The plan involves removing portions of the south end of the hospital structure, which were originally constructed in 1952 and 1966, and build a replacement facility.

The new “South Building” will be attached to the existing hospital facility near our existing Western Addition, which houses our inpatient units.

The new South Building will also accommodate the relocation of critical departments and the hospital kitchen to compliant spaces.

The Women and Family Center provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care with a family centered focus and individualized support services.

It earned a national Baby Friendly certification in 2010; it recognizes hospitals that have made a dedicated commitment to help mothers with breastfeeding.

The center also provides the tools and support for moms to be successful with breastfeeding by providing extensive training and educational programs for both staff and parents.

And, for local history buffs, we will be retaining the “big rock” at the southwestern portion of the TFH campus,

This article was submitted by Tahoe Forest Health System. For more information, visit http://www.tfhd.com. Visit measurecprojects.com to learn more about this and other Measure C projects.