Local health care is a growing business, as evidenced by two recent expansion announcements by local hospitals.

Delray Medical Center

On June 10, Delray Medical Center (5352 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach) announced plans for a new four-story patient tower and four-level parking garage. The tower, expected to be open by late 2016, will include 96 private rooms, as well as a helipad and direct elevator access to the hospital’s emergency department, expediting care for arriving trauma patients.

The hospital will also convert its 96 existing semi-private rooms into single rooms. For more information, call 1-800-897-9789 or visit www.delraymedicalctr.com

West Boca Medical Center

On the same day, West Boca Medical Center (21644 State Road 7, Boca Raton) sent out a press release announcing the modernization of its maternity suites. The renovation and refurbishing of the hospital’s Birth Care Pavilion begins this month and includes the labor and delivery and postpartum units, as well as the newborn nursery.

The Birth Care Pavilion’s 33 patient rooms and level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) “will be made to look and feel like a spa,” according to the release.

Families should expect rooms with upgrades like upscale vanities and new furniture, including recliners and sleep benches for overnight visitors. Bathrooms will get a facelift, too. Some rooms will offer conveniences and luxuries, including workplaces for dads, sleeping quarters and wireless Internet.

These changes will evolve in phases during the next 12 months, according to the release. For more information, call 866-904-9262 or visit www.westbocamedctr.com.

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