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New center welcomes region’s babies to world

Parents and staff members read the mural message on a wall in the newmaternity center at St. Alphonus in Ontario. (The Enterprise/John L. Braese)

By John L. Braese
The Enterprise

ONTARIO – St. Alphonsus Medical Center unveiled its new maternity ward with an open house last week.

Prospective parents and hospital employees toured the facility at the Sept. 13 event.

At a cost of over $3.2 million, the new ward covers 13,377 square feet and includes five labor, delivery and recovery rooms, one triage room, one recovery room and four postpartum rooms.

Unlike the previous unit, the new maternity area has an operating room.

“We expanded the size of the maternity ward to increase safety, added air curtain technology to . . .