Four new self-care hospitality suites were transformed on Thursday for women with high-risk pregnancies at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, part of Sinai Health System
The self-care hospitality suites were developed to provide accommodation for high-risk pregnant women who are not acutely ill, but who are at risk of requiring immediate access to care due to a complicated pregnancy.
“These hospitality suites, located on the 17th floor at Mount Sinai Hospital, allow women immediate access to care if they need it, without having to be admitted to a hospital bed as a patient,” says Dr. Wendy Whittle, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Mount Sinai Hospital. “We are very grateful to IKEA Canada for helping to make these suites function as a home away from home. These patients are already in a high stress situation, and anything that we can do to improve their experience is very gratifying.”
IKEA Canada generously donated home furnishing products and décor for each room, including beds, chairs, tables, shower curtains and wall art. Each suite was designed in collaboration with various hospital departments (infection control, support services and quality and safety) to ensure each piece of furniture and décor adheres to hospital safety and quality regulations. Interior designers and co-workers at four IKEA locations in the Greater Toronto Area (Burlington, Etobicoke, North York, Vaughan) helped make each suite bright and comfortable.
“At IKEA we want to have a positive impact on the communities where we do business,” said Katherine Davey,IKEA Canada Country Communications and Interior Design Manager. “We’re pleased to be offering our support and comforts of home to families at a time when they need it the most.”
Two thirds of the pregnancies overseen at Mount Sinai are considered high-risk or at risk, and the hospital is one of only a few hospitals that provides care for complex and complicated pregnancies in the Greater Toronto Area. Patients may come from across Canada to access the skill and expertise available at Mount Sinai. The hospital is a centre of excellence for in utero fetal therapy in Canada, provides cares for babies with complex congenital anomalies and has a program dedicated to complex maternal medical complications in pregnancy.
“As a high-risk pregnancy patient, it is comforting to know that I’m so close to Canada’s top experts in this area,” says Raman, the very first guest to use the hospitality suites.
This self-care hospitality pilot program represents an innovate style of delivering health care in a holistic manner where safety concerns, cost efficiency and effectiveness are balanced with creating a safe, comprehensive care plan targeted at healthy pregnancy outcome. – CNW