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Brown Supports New Labor and Delivery Center


The Women & Infants Hospital facility will provide an exceptional birth and recovery environment for families.

A $5 million gift from Brown University will support plans by Care New England—one of Rhode Island’s major health care systems and an affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School—to build a new, technologically advanced labor and delivery center at Women & Infants Hospital.

In recognition of the gift, CNE will name its state-of-the-art facility the Brown University Labor and Delivery Center, which will be designed to meet the specific needs of birthing families from Rhode Island and the surrounding region and their dedicated medical providers.

“The project to create this new labor and delivery center is driven by our commitment to providing the best possible care to patients and their families and elevating clinical practice,” says Methodius Tuuli, MD, MPH, MBA, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants and the Chace-Joukowsky Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical School. “For patients, the new center will support a more personalized birth experience. For medical and academic partners, it will offer improved clinical team communication and an enhanced ability to recruit and retain top clinical and research talent.”

James E. Fanale, MD, president and CEO of Care New England, says four out of five families from Rhode Island give birth at Women & Infants, the leading innovator in the fields of normal and high-risk obstetrics and neonatology. While the hospital’s existing labor and delivery suite has served patients well for more than 35 years, evolving medical protocols, technologies, and patient expectations necessitate an update.

CNE expects to begin construction in early 2023.

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