New Space Houses Specialized Services, Enhances Patient/Family Experience
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, ranked among the nation’s top 10 pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, this week opened its new tower for patients with cancer and blood disorders, heart disease and other specialty care needs.
The tower is a critical part of a decade-long expansion plan for the medical center, and offers a single-level footprint—among the largest in the nation—connecting more than 100,000 square feet of space on individual floors. The design was created specifically to improve patient care by grouping related treatment areas on the same floor and supporting collaboration between physicians, staff and families.
The clinical areas in the 10-story tower include the new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and The Heart Center. The opening of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in its first phase consists of a 12-bed hematology-oncology inpatient unit and an additional 12-bed unit dedicated to stem-cell transplant patients. Ultimately, this expansion will house a comprehensive cancer hospital within Children's Medical Center that will bring all cancer and blood disorders services together. Future plans include opening a new outpatient clinic and additional lab services.
An entire floor of the tower is dedicated to The Heart Center, which integrates cardiology and various subspecialties such echocardiography, electrophysiology and interventional cardiology, as well as cardiothoracic surgery and cardiac intensive care. Extra space is available for continued growth of the Heart Center, including operating suites and more intensive care beds.
The tower also includes a new and expanded neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), inpatient units for digestive disorders and liver transplant patients, and a larger post-anesthesia care unit.
Patients and families will notice a difference right away, starting with the new main entrance, which has been relocated for easier access prominently on Medical District Drive (formerly Motor Street). Upon arrival, patient families have two parking options: they may use the front door valet services, or self-park in the garage across the street and walk across the new covered “skybridge” straight to the front door.
In addition to the clinical space, the tower is another major step in Children’s ongoing commitment to patient- and family-centered care, which creates a strong partnership between health-care providers and families. Examples from the new tower include a new admitting area located just inside the main entrance, an expanded family resource library, an outdoor healing garden and a patient art studio. In addition, a new and expanded gift shop and eateries featuring Mexican food and a French bakery round out the tower’s new amenities.
About Children’s Medical Center
The Children's Medical Center pediatric healthcare system devotes itself solely to caring for the complex medical needs of children. The hospital is ranked among the nation’s top 10 hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and its nursing services rank in the top five percent of the nation’s hospitals for nursing excellence. Children’s was the state’s first pediatric hospital with Level 1 Trauma status and one of only 16 in the United States able to care for severe traumatic injuries in children. Through its academic affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children's medical staff conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies, and greater understanding of pediatric diseases and trains more than 200 pediatric residents and fellows annually. Children's is private, not-for-profit, and is the eighth largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Many of the more than 50 specialty programs of the Children's system have received national and international recognition, confirming a stellar reputation for Children's and UT Southwestern Medical Center as one of the finest pediatric healthcare providers in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.childrens.com.
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Laurie Holloway, 214-456-5318
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