New Babies, New Wing!

The first patients to move into WhidbeyHealth Medical Center’s new inpatient wing on July 24 were a mother and her newborn baby girl. The first baby was born in the new wing on July 27.

Somewhere, Polly Harpole is smiling.

Alicia Vogt delivered her daughter, Teagan Rose Vogt, in the early morning hours of Monday, July 24 at the original hospital’s operating room and succeeded in birthing the last baby at the original hospital. By 8:30 a.m. mom and baby were comfortably ensconced in a recovery room at the WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace in the new building as its very first patients.

“They just wheeled Teagan and I down the hallway into the new wing like a parade waving to everyone,” Alicia said.

Vogt and husband, Tim Vogt, said they have nothing but praise for the team of nurses who transitioned them over to their new room.

“It’s been really good being in the new wing. It’s a beautiful facility and everyone has been very accommodating,” Alicia Vogt said. “I think everyone is still finding their bearings and trying to figure out where everything is. But it’s all been very smooth and comfortable for us.”

Tiffany and Ayron Henshaw echoed that sentiment. The brand new labor and delivery room was the perfect place to usher in their son, Landyn Henshaw, who has the grand distinction of being the first baby born in the new wing.

Dr. James Giem delivered Landyn at 1:32 a.m. on his due date, July 27, 2017, without a hitch. He was 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches long.

“Everything is so new,” said Tiffany Henshaw. “The nurses are still trying to figure out where everything is, but it’s so nice; very fancy!”

Besides being impressed by the nursing staff and how easily they helped them to settle in, both the Henshaws and the Vogts said they loved the modernity of the room.

“The built in wet room in the bathroom is so nice and makes it easy access to everything,” said Alicia. Tiffany said she hadn’t used the Jacuzzi yet in the labor and delivery room, but she planned to.

The dads also mentioned the built-in couch that converts easily to a bed and the adjustable lighting that makes it easy to keep baby happy when breastfeeding or sleeping in mama’s arms. Even at a tall 6 feet, 1 inch, Ayron Henshaw spent the night with mother and baby and said the bed was very comfortable.

“We’re navy but we decided to go Tri-Care Standard so that we could be seen here,” said Tim Vogt. “We toured other hospitals, but just the walk-through with the nurses when we did the tour cemented our decision to have the baby here,” he added.

“We toured other facilities just to see and we just felt very comfortable with the nurses at WhidbeyHealth in the short time they were showing us around. It just felt good.” Alicia said.

Now that the new wing is open, Andersen Construction will move on to Phase 3 of the project, which is the renovation of the areas left vacant by the Intensive Care Unit and the Family Birthplace. Those areas will become the new pre- and post-operation areas in the original hospital.

The projected date for full completion of the project is November 2017. At that time, the community will be invited to a grand opening celebration of WhidbeyHealth Medical Center’s new inpatient facility.