Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca

Ithaca, NY

18,000 GSF

LEED for Healthcare Registered, certification goal of Certified

Inpatient, Sustainable

HOLT Architects recently completed "Cayuga Birthplace" - a  state-of-the-art maternity wing that provides vastly improved women's health services and supports Cayuga Medical Center's high standards of quality, innovation, and rapidly growing client base.

The wing features six private labor and delivery rooms (previously they were shared rooms), 12 post-partum rooms, a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit and a Cesarean-section operating room that is now on the same floor and further increasing the safety of the babies and mothers when surgery is necessary. The NICU has four bassinets in addition to four single-family NICU rooms that allow for individualized and family-centered infant care.


The wing is developed on an LDR/Post-partum model and is flexible to accommodate changes in the census. HOLT designed the rooms to be multi-functional - serving the needs of a single family NICU as well as be used as a post-partum room.


Cayuga Birthplace's goals include the desire to create a space offering the comforts of home with the safety of the hospital, a spa-like environment that is welcoming, soothing and calm, and also the support for family involvement in the birthing and newborn care experience. Increased comfort during labor and delivery were further achieved through an easy access ground floor location and the inclusion of positive impact items such as spacious, private rooms with whirlpool tubs and family areas with sleeper beds in each room.


The project is pursuing LEED for Healthcare Certified. More than 900 babies are born at the hospital each year.


For more information about this project contact Paul A. Levesque II, AIA, LEED AP:

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