New Labor & Delivery Suite Opens

Celebrates Lots of ‘Firsts’


Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center is happy to announce the first gifts of support totaling $350,000 for the new Center for Women and Children. The much-anticipated Labor & Delivery suite at Samaritan Medical Center welcomed its first baby yesterday and performed its first Cesarean-section birth in the new unit today.

Construction of the new $4.6 million unit began in January 2017 and is the first step in a sequence of projects that will result in Samaritan’s new Center for Women and Children.

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In a ribbon cutting ceremony held last week, the Samaritan Foundation honored two major gifts made to the Center for Women and Children.

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The Kinney Drugs Foundation is helping improve the experience for patients at Samaritan Medical Center with a gift of $250,000 to the Women and Children’s Center.  Their generous gift will be directed toward the Cesarean Birthing Suite in the new Labor and Delivery Unit, and also to a Children’s Playroom in the Pediatric Unit once that portion of the project has been completed.

Pictured Left to right: David Adsit, R.Ph., Director of Pharmacy Operations; Becky Bubel, R.Ph., Director of Retail Operations; Rich McNulty, VP of Kinney Drugs Foundation & KPH VP of HR; Thomas H. Carman, President & CEO, Samaritan Medical Center; Tracey Stoffel; Wendy Rambone, Store Manager; Brian Wekar, Store Manager and Bryan Jones, R.Ph. – Regional Pharmacy Manager.

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Additionally, Northern Credit Union has generously donated $50,000 toward the new Women and Children’s Center at Samaritan Medical Center.  Their gift will be directed toward the spacious family waiting area in the newly completed Labor and Delivery Unit. 

Alexa Bennett (right), Assistant Vice President of Marketing for Northern Credit Union, presents a check to Thomas H. Carman, President & CEO of Samaritan Medical Center.


 Highlights and amenities designed with patients and families in mind include:

  • Peaceful, soothing environment featuring abundant natural light and nature themes
  • Expansion from six labor & delivery rooms to eight
  • Each room has private bathroom with shower and most rooms have tubs to aid in pain management during labor.
  • Plenty of room for family and loved ones who are present during the birth.
  • Flat screen televisions and convenient docking stations for electronic devices.
  • Spacious family waiting area for those anxiously awaiting the birth.
  • Two C-section rooms for both scheduled and unscheduled procedures with comfortable recovery areas.
  • Infant security system to ensure the safety of all moms and babies.
  • Close proximity to the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies needing special care after birth.

Knowlton Technologies has generously committed a gift of $50,000 toward the Pediatric Unit, which will be relocated onto the same floor as Maternity. Next steps in the construction of the Center for Women and Children include renovations to the mother/baby (post-partum) rooms and increasing from 18-21 rooms; expanding the unit to include a dedicated entrance and parking area for expectant parents and families; and relocation of the Pediatrics unit to the same floor as maternity services.  The entire project is expected to be complete in 2021.