Quincy Medical Center in Massachusetts, US, is re-establishing its maternity ward as part of a $30m hospital renovation programme.

The $12.8m project, which is awaiting the state’s Department of Public Health approval, is expected begin in late 2012.

The 22,000ft2 maternity suite will occupy the hospital’s sixth floor, and is expected to deliver approximately 2,000 babies a year.

Quincy will invest $3.4m in the renovation of the parking area nearby, which began in 2011.

The medical centre’s $600,000, 12-bed orthopaedic suite is scheduled to open in approximately eight weeks.

Quincy president Daniel Knell said, "’Bring maternity back to Quincy’ is what I’ve heard over and over as I’ve been out talking to people in the community. There is a very strong connection between this hospital and generations of families who were born here. We want to make sure that this service is here for generations to come."

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The previous maternity service, which delivered an average of 1,200 babies a year, closed in 1998 and was replaced with Quincy Medical Center’s ambulatory care unit.