A crowd of guests and employees gathered yesterday to celebrate a welcomed addition to Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. The ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted by Denver Bronco, Britton Colquitt, and his wife Nikki, rang in the completion of a wing that includes five more state of the art birthing rooms.
The Colquitts, who gave birth to their second child at Adventist accepted the invitation to host the event because they wanted to share their experience firsthand. “All the nurses and everyone treated us with the red carpet,” Britton stated, “And it wasn’t just us…we saw other couples that were here getting treated the same way.”
The new rooms- some of which are equipped with showers and tubs- will allow the hospital to accommodate more expectant moms from the area. Prior to the addition, if the birthing rooms were at capacity, there was a possibility that some moms might have to deliver in other areas of the hospital.
“This is a huge celebration for Castle Rock Adventist and our community because it really is reflective of the fact that we can help that many more members of our community in what I believe is an incredible, special and sacred moment when families have the ability to bring their kids into this world,” said Todd Folkenberg, CEO of Castle Rock Adventist Hospital.
The Colquitt’s first experience not only made the decision easy for both Nikki and her OB/GYN, Dr. Wayne C. Furr, to choose to deliver at the hospital again, she has convinced more Bronco wives to follow suit. “Because of this hospital experience I even had one girlfriend come back from New York to deliver with him (Dr. Furr) here,” Nikki smiled, “Here it is so private, which is a perk.”
Nikki recalled being treated like a queen during her stay. “At most hospitals you have to move from labor and delivery room to post-partum room,” she added, “Here you get to stay in the same room, be comfortable and make yourself at home.”
But it’s not just the personalized treatment that have women and their families seeking to give birth at the facility, but also the well-planned amenities. “I was chatting with Britton before we got started and he says, ‘You know, I just love your hotel,’” Folkenberg said. “I think that’s what we’re striving for, patient experience and really helping celebrate that special moment.
And often forgotten, with focus on care, the taste and quality of the meals can fall through the cracks. Another added perk, the food at Castle Rock Adventist has patients returning after they leave the facility. Britton can attest to that firsthand. “It feels like a really good hotel, but with better food!’
So until their nearing due date, they will be looking forward to their next visit to the new birthing wing and enjoying the holiday at home. “We are really looking forward to it and she (Nikki) is definitely looking forward to getting the baby out,” he laughed.
And his teammates will continue working hard this season to make sure Britton will be close to home when baby number three arrives. “That’s why the Broncos are trying to win all of our games…so we can be at home during the playoffs.”
*Mrs. Colquitt and Castle Rock Hospital are also sponsoring a December Diaper Drive to benefit Young Lives, an organization that uses mentoring, bible study, and other discipleship methods to instill confidence in teen moms. The Diaper Drive will accept diapers, new and gently used baby items in the hospital’s lobby.*