Childrens Hospital Grows

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Childrens Hospital Grows

Thanks to three-quarters of a million donors!

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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There’s going to be more room at Childrens Hospital starting right now. On June 23, patients, staff, and community leaders joined president and CEO Richard Cordova in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new expansion to one of L.A.’s leading hospitals.     

The $636 million addition, known as the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion, will add 317 beds (120 for intensive care alone) to the already large facility. About 200 patients will be in the new facility by July 17.

Marion Anderson, who is a hospital trustee, along with her husband, donated $50 million to the project. The remaining funding came from what the hospital has described as the “largest ever single fundraising campaign in the nation by a freestanding children’s hospital.” An unprecedented 737,743 individual donations were given.

Room to Heal

According to reports in the Daily News, the new facilities will be among the most technologically advanced with real-time electronic tracking and recording of patients’ vital signs. Selected rooms will also include surgical equipment to allow for bedside procedures on critically ill children.

Almost all the rooms are private, and all are designed with “family zones” to allow overnight stays with patients. There is also a designated area with Internet access, reference materials and a pantry.

The opening of the seven-story, 460,000-square-foot building will mark a major transition for the hospital that began in 1901 in a small house in what is now Chinatown. The first “surgery suite” was formerly the house pantry, and in the first year the new hospital admitted 14 patients.

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photo above: The CHLA medical team prepares for a historic, marathon surgery to separate 9-month-old co-joined twins in 2003

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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