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SAN DIEGO, October 10, 2010 – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego sets a new standard for excellence in pediatric healthcare with the grand opening of its $260 million Acute Care Pavilion.
“The Acute Care Pavilion is our covenant to the community – our promise to meet the needs of the future,” said Kathleen Sellick, President and CEO of Rady Children’s. “For more than 50 years, we’ve set the standard for pediatric care, and now we can do so much more.”
Every year Rady Children’s cares for approximately 140,000 children and performs more than 20,000 surgeries. The increasing demand for pediatric medical care in the region has pushed the Hospital’s facilities to capacity. The new Pavilion helps to ensure that a child is never turned away because the Hospital’s beds are filled.
“This building is really not a choice,” said David Gillig, Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation Senior Vice President & Executive Director. “Eighty percent of children in our region that need hospital-based care receive their care at Rady Children’s Hospital, and we have to grow as the community grows.”
The Acute Care Pavilion is so much more than a hospital. It is a magical place. It is a place of healing.
Local artists provided incredible works of art throughout the building, including intricate mosaic tiles, numerous bronze figures, whimsical art boxes at child’s eye-level, and an amazing “river of life” flowing down all four floors of the building. The entire building is designed for children – with kid-friendly artwork, colorful décor, and whimsical characters around every corner.
Bright and light private patient rooms are outfitted with foldout sofa beds, Internet connections, and other amenities that will allow parents to be close to their kids. Family areas offer wireless access, flat-screen televisions, bay windows and activities. Each floor is themed (ocean, beach, sky and space) with colorful icons and themed-artwork in each room, on the walls, the ceiling and integrated into the floors.
Three Carley’s Magical Gardens feature child-friendly art and interactive activities. The main garden, in the heart of the Acute Care Pavilion, is green and vibrant without plants, soil or water. Marisa the magical bird reigns over the garden from atop a grassy knoll and accepts patient’s wishes in a locket around her neck. Clues throughout garden lead to 12 golden eggs. The spacious area also includes a boat, tree house, tricycle path, and interactive activities. Inspired by cancer patient Carley Copley, the gardens began as an inspirational project to enable her spirit to live on.
LEED Certified “Green” Building
The Acute Care Pavilion is the first children’s hospital in California with LEED certification, an internationally recognized green building certification system. The new building achieved this designation by maximizing natural lighting, promoting low water usage, using recycled materials and using locally-sourced materials.
Advanced Cancer Care
The entire second floor of the Pavilion is home to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, including the Viterbi Family Outpatient Clinic. There are 38 private rooms along with advanced high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration, helping to reduce the risk of infection for chemotherapy patients. The Center prides itself on providing advanced treatments and specialized hematology services. It is the only place in San Diego County for pediatric bone marrow transplants. More than 25 stem cell transplants are performed each year.
State-of-the-Art Surgery Suites
The Warren Family Surgical Center, with 16 advanced surgical suites and 56 prep/recovery beds, will be able to accommodate the high surgical volume. The smallest of the operating rooms is larger than any of the Hospital’s existing ones and can house advanced equipment required for complex procedures. And keeping both parents and siblings in mind, there is a quiet waiting area as well as an activity room.
Family-Centered Neonatal Intensive Care
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) treats the most critically ill newborns, many of whom suffer from severe heart and lung conditions or are born extremely premature. To help parents bond with their newborns and provide a home-like environment, the NICU at the new Pavilion has 22 warm and colorful private rooms along with a waiting and play area.
About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:
Rady Children's Hospital is a 288-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial Counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. On October 10, 2010, Rady Children's will become the largest children’s hospital in California with the opening of the new Acute Care Pavilion, a LEED-Certified (green) building that will be home to the incredible new Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the state-of-the-art Warren Family Surgical Center, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for our community’s tiniest and most fragile babies In 2001, Rady Children’s formed an affiliation agreement with the University of California-San Diego to unify pediatric patient care, research, education, and community service programs on the Rady Children’s campus. In August 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the nation’s best in five pediatric specialties. For more information, visit www.rchsd.org