Glens Falls Hospital delivers newly renovated birthing unit

November 09, 2017 05:40 PM

GLENS FALLS - Charlotte Ellen Oakman, all 8 pounds, ten ounces of her, arrived Wednesday morning.

"Oh my goodness, she completes the family," smiled Charlotte's mom, Katie, as she snuggled her newborn to her chest Thursday.

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Katie and Charlotte are among the first to use Glens Falls Hospital's newly renovated Snuggery.

"Homey, very homey. Very classy," Oakman said.

The hospital spent $5 million and a little over a year to modernize it.

When it opened 32 years ago, it was one of the first in the country to have labor, delivery and recovery all in the same patient room. It still does. Now it has new ambient lighting, modern amenities for the staff and the families. A new special care nursery. And there are new nurses' stations.

$1 million of the $5 million came from the Bill and Joanne Stock Foundation. It's now called the Joyce Stock Snuggery, named after a former nurse here who loved children.

"She was a super loving person, just the warmest, most generous person," said Randi Stock, Joyce's granddaughter.

The Stock family's generosity is allowing parents to become families in a new, warmer setting.

Dianne Shugrue, the hospital CEO says the surroundings are now as good as the care.

"Where we are now is we've got a great book, a great cover, and a great story."

Katie Oakman who delivered all of her children here, agrees, "It's really homey. You come in and it's very welcoming."

Speaking of welcoming, the Oakman family, including father James, and big brothers, Chase and Bryce are thrilled to welcome a beautiful girl into their home in Granville.

"We thought for sure it was another boy. Pink is new, but we're all head over heels in love."

And in love with the new place she came into the world.


Mark Mulholland

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