Amy Gustad with children (left to right) Tristan, Andrew, Baby Jeremiah and Grace.
Two years ago Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton started the process of finding out through focus groups what expectant parents and patients would like to see in their Women's Center. In March those renovations were complete opening the door to a hotel looking environment with all the amenities. We met a Volin family who loves the changes, but keeps coming back because of the staff.
Amy Gustad and her husband Jerry are the proud parents of 4 beautiful and healthy children. The Volin clan includes Tristan 10, Grace 8, Andrew 6 and baby Jeremiah were all born here at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, but Jeremiah will hold the distinct honor of being the only Gustad sibling to be born in the newly renovated Women's Center.
Amy says, "This last time when Jeremiah was born we had the same great experience with the staff. They are so friendly and treated our family fabulously, but it wasn't until I got to my post-partum room that I was like WOW! It felt like I was in a hotel suite."
Marilyn Lofflin, RN Director of Womens and Childrens Services for Avera Sacred Heart: says, "One of the things women really seemed to want is a whirl pool or Jacuzzi tub for their recovery period. We demolished all the bathrooms and put in a whirl pool tubs and made it a spa like environment for their bathing experience. It's so relaxing for them. In addition, we added an in-room refrigerator. We always had a place for the partner to stay but we upgraded that. We put in flat screen TV's. All in all we added a much more family environment."
Amy says, "This hospital is a great. The facility is great, but it's the staff this is fabulous. They are awesome."
So while no one can deny the renovations were needed and much appreciated, just like a house, it's the people inside that make it a home. Amy says she couldn't imagine bringing a child into this world in any other place.
On average, 600 babies are born at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital by 4 Certified Obstetricians.