Family Birthing Center
South Central Kansas Medical Center's family birthing center understands that every family and delivery is unique. Our highly qualified staff is here to assist you with all stages of the birthing process; providing pre-natal birthing classes, one-on-one nursing care for mother and baby during labor and delivery, postpartum education, and we will continue to answer any questions after baby is home.
The birth of your baby is one of the most exciting events you will experience during your life. It is a moment you will always remember. Here at SCKMC, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the most gratifying birth experience possible. We understand the more knowledge you have about the birth process the more confidence you will possess. Our prepared childbirth classes will help you to understand the process of labor and delivery and will answer the questions that surround pregnancy, birth and your new baby. In addition, participants will receive pre-admission services and tours of the family birthing center.
Prepared child birth classes are held at the medical center several times through out the year. Click here for a complete class schedule. Each session will consist of four classes. You may register for classes individually or as a complete session. There is no charge for participants who plan to deliver at SCKMC. All others may enjoy the benefits of the class for a $10.00 per class fee.
During Your Stay
We pride ourselves on being a pioneer in the state of Kansas for providing the LDRP (birthing suite) approach to our patients. These special rooms allow family to remain in the same room throughout a normal delivery. All of the necessary items for delivery are brought to your room. Your spouse, significant other, or "coach" may remain with you throughout your experience, additional family members may relax in our private waiting area, exclusively for our OB families.
Epidural anesthesia is available for any obstetrical patient that requests it, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other types of anesthesia are also available for those not desiring an epidural.
After your baby arrives, you and your baby will remain in your birthing suite to recover. All of the items necessary to care for your infant are made available to you. This allows parents to spend as much time as possible with the newest member of the family. Our birthing center team members will provide your child with their first hearing screening, answer questions, and help care for yourself and your baby during your stay. During this time, post-partum and newborn educational materials, including breast-feeding classe, are available to help you get started down the road of parenting.
To commemorate this special occasion, all of our birthing families receive a birth certificate, baby's first photo and web posting, handcrafted receiving blanket, and a candle-lit dinner for the new parents.
Because the safety of your baby is most important, a state of the art infant abduction security system is in place for you peace of mind. Recently our facility has added a special care nursery that is staffed with professionals trained to care for moderate-to-high risk infants.
It is the policy of South Central Kansas Medical Center to observe visitation which is in the best interest of the patient as follows:
- The attending physician may refuse to allow visitation if he/she desires.
- Visiting hours are restricted to 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Children under 12 years of age shall not be admitted as visitors to the medical center except in the company of a responsible adult.
- Children under 6 years of age shall only be admitted as visitors to the medical center under special circumstances (i.e. Birthing Center's sibling visitation) or when authorized by the attending physician, the chief executive officer or his designee, or the professional nurse responsible for the unit and/or the patient's care.
- No person, adult or child, with symptoms of infection will be allowed to visit.
- Please respect our patient's privacy by always asking for permission before entering a room.
- The charge nurse has the right to refuse or withhold future visitation if she/he feels there is a risk for infection, or visitation has been abused.
Thank you for selecting us during this special time. In advance, we welcome you and your newest arrival and hope that in the future, when you need healthcare, you'll turn to SCKMC first. For more information concerning our OB programs contact us at:
Together, our knowledgeable nursing staff has decades of experience, and is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions.
Staying healthy and pregnant for 40 weeks, warning signs, and how to prepare for birth.
Pain Management Techniques: Medications, epidurals, and other non-medical techniques for managing labor.
Benefits of breastfeeding, skin to skin time, step by step instructions, and tips for success.
Newborn care, safety, and taking care of yourself after delivery.
Complete all four classes and be entered in a drawing for a newborn prize!
Register by completing this form, calling the SCKMC OB Department at (620) 441-5940, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Senior Health Unit
“The senior health unit is a state-of-the-art facility specializing in taking care of seniors with mental health care needs that have not been previously met in Cowley County. The well-trained staff includes nurse practitioners, specialty nurses, activity coordinators, and mental health care physicians. The attending staff are fully integrated into the hospital and will provide 24/7 health care for their patients. Medical coverage will also be provided by our existing medical staff round-the-clock to ensure maximum safety during patients' hospitalization.”
- Dr. Perry Lin.
SCKMC's Senior Health Unit treats geriatric patients with mental health or emotional problems. As we grow older and lose those we love, sometimes it seems difficult to go on. For some patients, life long problems that were held in check for years past become more pronounced with the aging process. Often a combination of physical problems and emotional problems leave an entire family wondering 'what are we going to do with mom, or dad?'
The first step might be a trip to the family doctor or an assessment by a psychiatrist. An illness like depression can be treated effectively by medication. Often treating the patients' emotional and physical problems together during the same hospital stay can provide significant improvement in the quality of life for an elderly patient.
We frequently get referrals from local family physicians who realize that emotional problems are complicating the physical problems they are treating. Local physicians are invited to follow their patients while on the senior health unit. Referrals also come from families and individuals who self refer to get the help they need. Referrals can be made twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week by calling the hospital. Most patients are Medicare eligible and this service is reimbursable by Medicare. In case of an emergency Dial 911.
Senior citizens spent their entire lives taking care of us, the younger generations, and now frequently have specialized needs in their golden years. I believe that they deserve the best care we as a community can provide as a measure of our gratitude for everything they have done,” - Dr. Perry Lin
The medical center has partnered with Quality Health Care Inc. (QHC) to provide the specialized management of this unit. Ark City is the fifth location for the Wichita based, privately owned company, also serving Kansas hospitals in Fredonia, Kinsley, Beloit, and Wellington. QHC will be responsible for staffing as well as clinical program implementation for the unit.
We can help those experiencing:
- Episodes of anxiety or periods of panic
- Irrational destructive thoughts or actions
- Suicidal thoughts
- Personality Disorders
- Psychotic Reactions
- Episodes of anxiety or periods of panic
- Irrational, destructive thoughts or actions
- Stress that interferes or prohibits normal functioning Psychotic reactions
- Memory or Mental status changes
- Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease or other neurological conditions
- Sudden changes in behavior or thinking patterns (Physical aggression/Verbal aggression)
- Decreased socialization, withdrawal or isolation from others
- Changes in sleep patterns related to depression, anxiety, or other conditions
- Excessive crying
- Agitation or anxiety (pacing, wringing hands, verbal aggression)
- A decrease in the ability to perform activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, toileting)
- Increased forgetfulness or confusion
Our group of professionals is also able to assist the family in the process of deciding whether placement in a long term care facility or nursing home might be the best solution for their loved one. This is usually a difficult decision and requires much communication between everyone involved. We provide highly skilled psychiatrists, nurses and social workers to assist patients and families through this process.