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Mountain West Medical Center's expansion going ahead

(Tooele Transcript) An addition that will more than double the capacity of Mountain West Medical Center’s women’s services is finally on its way to becoming a reality.

A ceremonial groundbreaking for the new multimillion-dollar women’s center, which was originally announced by hospital officials back in 2007, will be held tomorrow. Mountain West Medical Center CEO Kelly Duffin said the addition is largely a response to growth in the community.

“This is in response to a community need,” Duffin said. “Twenty-eight percent of the time this past year we were at or above capacity for women’s services. We need to respond to that growing demand in a manner that meets the healthcare needs of the Tooele Valley.”

The roughly 16,000-square-foot women’s center will be built attached to the northwest of the hospital. It will have its own private entrance with walkways that connect it to the main building.

Duffin said the women’s center will contain eight labor and delivery rooms, compared to the three the hospital has now. The expansion will also add five post-partum rooms compared to the four currently at the hospital, and will include a separate C-section room for that procedure as well as gynecological surgeries.

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