US-based Carolinas Medical Center-Union (CMC-Union) has opened a new 87,000ft² women and children’s centre, at its hospital in Monroe, North Carolina.

CMC-Union is part of the Carolinas HealthCare System.

The facility is part of an expansion project that was carried out with an investment of $57m, reports Charlotte Business Journal.

A paediatrics unit with 13 rooms was also built, in addition to the women and children’s centre, to expand services in the hospital.

"A paediatrics unit with 13 rooms was also built, in addition to the women and children’s centre."

Carolinas also added 25 medical and surgical beds at the hospital.

The new facility features 24 labour, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites. The hospital had labour and delivery rooms requiring patients to be transferred into different rooms after delivery.

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CMC-Union president Mike Lutes was quoted by the news publication saying that the sharpened focus on women’s and children’s services comes as more young families choose to call Union County home.

Lutes added: "What we really want to do is meet the growing needs of Union County."

CMC-Union also collaborated with Carolinas HealthCare’s Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, in a bid to offer additional paediatric services.

The hospital signed a contract with the children’s hospital in 2013 for paediatric hospitalist services.