$2.5 million Maternity Renovation is complete

Posted on: 07/25/2011

Auburn Memorial Hospital (AMH) has completed its eight month renovation of the Maternity Unit to be named The Stardust Community Birthing Center in memory of John and Irene Bisgrove. The $2.5 million dollar project will include four Birthing Suites and seven private Post-Partum Suites along with other much needed updates to the floor. The Maternity Unit was last renovated in 1958.

Staff held an official ribbon cutting ceremony on July 25, 2011 as public and community officials gathered to celebrate the occasion. “Having worked in residential real estate many years, quality hospital services and care is a major concern to young relocating families and current residents alike. The Stardust Community Birthing Center meets one of those concerns and is a huge asset to our community,” said Monta Faye Tuxill, community member and AMH volunteer.

The $2.5 million renovation, entirely financed through donations from the Maternity Initiative, was jumpstarted through a community matching gift of $1 million from The Stardust Foundation of Central New York. Chairman of the Stardust Foundation, John “Jack” Bisgrove explained “our investment is not about us, but about helping to bring identity to our community through the high quality health services it deserves.”

“As a member of the Board of Trustees, it gives me great joy to see my hometown hospital thrive. Our family is proud to be in this community and helping to better our hospital. The generosity of the local foundations and the community as a whole has been astounding and is an encouraging sign of great things to come for AMH,” said Joseph Bartolotta, Vice-Chairman of the AMH Board of Trustees.

“More than anything, our goal is to understand the needs of our community,” said Scott Berlucchi, Auburn Memorial Hospital president and CEO. “We are very appreciative of the trust that residents of Cayuga County and the surrounding areas have in this organization, and we work diligently to continue earning that trust and confidence. The completion of the maternity renovation is just one more step toward furthering our mission.”

Maternity care in Auburn has come a long way in just four years time, beginning with the recruitment of top quality - board certified OB/GYN physicians; followed by the incorporation of an excellent midwifery program. The renovation was the last component needed before the hospital was comfortable in saying “Mission Accomplished” when referring to maternal care in Cayuga County. “It is great to see the overwhelming support from our community to women and families at this special time in their lives. It gives me great joy to know that we will be able provide the high quality, family centered care that families have always received, but now in a more comfortable environment.” said Marge Tracy, Certified Nurse Midwife at AMH and Chair of the Maternity Initiative campaign.

“We want women and families to choose and recommend our hospital with complete confidence for this special time in their lives,” said Eric Allyn, Chairman of the AMH Board of Trustees, “and now that our renovations are complete, we are sure they will.”

Expectant mothers interested in touring the newly renovated facility are encouraged to call 315.255.7011.


Scott Berlucchi, President and CEO of Auburn Memorial Hospital (center); standing with Dr. Richard Aubry, Pediatrics, Crouse Hospital (left); and Maria Palmiery with her son Ryan (right); at AMH’s Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the Stardust Community Birthing Center in memory of John and Irene Bisgrove. (Photo: Christine Alexander)

John (Jack) Bisgrove, Chairman of the Stardust Foundation of Central New York, cuts the ribbon to officially open the newly renovated maternity unit at Auburn Memorial Hospital (AMH). (l-r) Eric Allyn, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, AMH; Christina Currier with her daughter Ava; Marge Tracy, CNM, Chairman of the Maternity Initiative; Maria Palmiery with her son Ryan; Scott Berlucchi, President and CEO, AMH; John (Jack) Bisgrove, Chairman, The Stardust Foundation of Central New York; Cassandra Schramm with her son Andrew; Alice Hoatland, Vice-Chairman, Auburn Hospital System Foundation; and Roz McCormick, Vice President of Public Relations and Medical Staff (Photo: Christine Alexander)

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