AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The new Alfond Center for Health has now been open for a month, but the benefits of the new facility were apparent within the first hour of operation.
On November 9, patients and staff moved from the old Maine General hospital to the new Alfond Center.
"One of the things that made it feel meant to be is we moved in, got our patients settled, and about an hour after that, we had our first high-risk delivery," said Jennifer Riggs, Administrative Director.
The new hospital has a Level 2 NICU, which is an upgrade from the unit at the old hospital. Before the Alfond Center opened, high-risk babies had to be delivered in Bangor or Portland, sending mothers out of their community, said Riggs.
The first babies born in the new unit were Hannah and Samuel Veilleux, born to Nikkiah and Timothy Veilleux of Waterville.
"We had joked, 'Oh yeah, we're going to wait until November 9th, because we knew this hospital was going to be open," said Nikkia. "Well November 9th came, and so did they."
The babies had to spend their first few weeks at the hospital, but were able to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday.