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Methodist Hospitals officials celebrate the opening of the renovated labor and delivery unit Oct. 2 at the Southlake Campus in Merrillville.

Methodist Hospitals recently opened a renovated labor and delivery unit at its Southlake Campus in Merrillville.

The $3.6 million project includes six suites and six postpartum rooms with private bathrooms and showers, as well as lactation rooms and updated technology.

The newly named Maternal Infant Care Center was completely demolished then rebuilt, by project engineer Stantec of Chicago and contractor Berglund Construction of Chicago.

The space also has new outpatient testing, an advanced security system, two nursing stations, a sleep room for physicians, and a renovated solarium waiting area and a family waiting area with new seating, complimentary coffee and microwave.

The suites have new furniture, flooring, sleeper sofas and chairs. The postpartum rooms are connected to nursing rooms so mothers can bond with and breastfeed their babies.

The community is invited to attend an open house at the new labor and delivery unit, 8701 Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20. Tours, refreshments and raffles will be offered.

Tours are scheduled for the privacy and consideration of patients. Call to register at 888-909-3627.

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