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  Children's National Opens New Patient Tower
November 18, 2007

For Immediate Release: November 18, 2007

Contact: Paula Darte, Emily Dammeyer, 202-476-4500

View Children's Interactive Photo Gallery of the new Patient Tower on the Washington Post web site (flash player required)

State-of-the-art facility enhances world-class pediatric care

Washington, DC– On Sunday, November 18, 2007, Children’s National Medical Center moved approximately 80 patients into its newest wing of the hospital—the East Inpatient Tower. In just under 8 hours, six units, including Critical Care, Heart and Kidney, Surgery, Hematology and Oncology, and Neurology and Orthopedics moved all patients to the new tower. Critical care units that moved to the new tower include the expanded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), and as well as a new Neuro Intensive Care Unit.

Preparations for the move began more than a year ago, including planning, training, and coordination to ensure that all patients were moved as safely and efficiently as possible.

“Thanks to the teamwork of our staff, all of the patients and their families slated to move to the new tower have been successfully transferred without any problems,” said Peter D. Holbrook, MD, Chief Medical Officer. “Children’s is proud of our reputation as a leader in quality and safety, and with this move, we demonstrate again that our care for patients and families is of the highest caliber.”

The tower’s state-of-the-art technologies include:

  • Wireless monitoring of vital functions for all patients and video EEG for neurology patients;
  • Bedside cardiology testing with immediate access to read-outs;
  • Bedside data entry for real-time updates and verification of patient information;
  • GPS tracking of clinical staff.

The new Patient Tower was designed using the input of families and patients to incorporate elements that ease stress for families with a child in the hospital. These family-centered amenities include:

  • Private patient rooms with private bathrooms and sleeping accommodations for parents;
  • Playrooms to suit various ages – from very young children to teens;
  • Flat screen televisions in every room with internet access, videos and educational information; and
  • Family waiting areas that offer more comfortable space to work, read, have a meal, or sleep.

“The opening of the East Inpatient Tower is only the latest example of how in just 14 years, Children’s has transformed from a local children’s hospital to a recognized destination for families from around the world to seek expert care,” said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., President and CEO of Children’s National. “After more than a decade of planning and building, we’re thrilled to welcome our families and staff into the new tower. It enhances our ability to provide family-centered, world-class care in the safest environment possible.”

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Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Among the top pediatric hospitals in America, as ranked by both U.S. News & World Report and the prestigious Leapfrog Group, Children’s has served the nation's children for more than 135 years. Visit our web site at www.dcchildrens.com.