Dr. Brent Shepherd examines a baby girl born in the mobile surgical unit Tuesday, delivered c-section by Dr. Elva Camero as the surgeon, and Dr. Lara
Dr. Brent Shepherd examines a baby girl born in the mobile surgical unit Tuesday, delivered c-section by Dr. Elva Camero as the surgeon, and Dr. Lara Pierce and Dr. Shawn White assisting. Nurses helping with baby care are (from left) Janice Morrel, Leslie Hawkins and behind Shepherd, Jamie Lee. (Courtesy photo by Frank Beaman)
Faith Community Hospital has been preparing to deliver babies, but came on board a little more quickly than planned when a woman required c-section surgery Tuesday. Surgeons were able to use the newly acquired mobile surgical unit. This birth was the first at FCH in 27 years. There were two more moms in labor Wednesday, with births expected any time. One was very familiar with the hospital, Fanny Bolton, who works in the dietary department of FCH. She and her husband, Michael were expecting their first child, a daughter to be named Scarlet Grace. Babies of Faith will have their picture displayed in the surgical waiting room. Administrator Frank Beaman has acquired new staff members qualified to conduct minor surgery and deliver babies, including Elva Camero, M.D.; Lara Pierce, M.D., with a speciality in obstetrics; Brent Shepherd, M.D., also specializing in obstetrics; William J. Warren, D.P.M., specializing in podiatry; and Shawn White, M.D., specializing in obstetrics. Beaman explained the acquisition of the new mobile surgical unit: "There are only two companies in the nation that provide these mobile units. Qualifications to receive the units include disasters in the area, a hospital renovation, or the need to expand without involving the current hospital. We basically qualified on all three requirements Tuesday." The units normally take 10 - 12 months to get and FCH needed a certain kind that wouldn't require a corridor because they had only one place they could attach. Removing a window and air conditioner, digging out a little dirt and they were ready, coincidentally receiving the perfect fit in three weeks, a unit turned in from Joplin, Mo. after tornadoes tore them apart May 22, two years ago. The unit is 53' x 22' and includes pre-op and post-op areas, a surgical area with newborn and baby equipment. "This places us about 18 months ahead of schedule," explained Beaman. "We can't wait until the new hospital ground breaking in the fall. We are planning to add scope procedures, podiatry and elective general surgery, using this mobile unit. The community wants these services and we want to provide them." This statement lends several new meanings to "Faith delivers."