El Paso Times
Sunday February 5, 2012
The soon-to-open, $120 million El Paso Children’s Hospital has 72 private rooms, some with city views, a 50-bed, baby intensive-care unit with recliners for moms, a 22-bed intensive care unit, and a yet-to-be unveiled enchanted forest playground at its ground-floor entrance.
Lots of windows, light pastel-colored walls, and bright yellow and blue tile floors give the hospital a light and airy feel. “All the aesthetics were done with kids in mind,” said Georgina Panahi, the hospital’s marketing manager, during a tour last week.
Each of the private rooms has a wood-colored cabinet with stars that light up near the ceiling so children don’t have to sleep in the dark. Each room has a small sofa that converts to a bed for parents to sleep.
Each room has a flat-screen TV and Skylight Access interactive entertainment and communications system, sold by a San Diego company, that lets patients view movies, get hospital information, and communicate with nurses through a hand-held remote control.
It has family lounges, mini kitchens, and washers and driers on four floors for families to use. It has a family resource center with computer stations, and a small library of health literature. It has two teen rooms and three playrooms.
The seventh floor has fusion suites for blood transfusions and chemotherapy. The second floor has four pediatric surgery rooms.
Paintings and other artwork are slowly being added to walls as part of the University Medical Center Foundation’s “Healing Arts” program.
“Artwork creates a comfort level and healing environment,” said Larry Duncan, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “It’s been proven that good artwork programs help in the quickness of recovery and healing.”
Vic Kolenc may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 546-6421.
- The public can tour the new El Paso Children’s Hospital at 4845 Alameda on Saturday.
- Tours will follow an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the hospital’s opening, scheduled for Feb. 14, and run until about 1 p.m.
- More information and to send an optional RSVP for the ribbon-cutting: elpasochildrens.org
- 10th floor: 22-room pediatric intensive care unit.
- 9th floor: 26-room general pediatric unit.
- 8th floor: Vacant shell for future 26-room addition.
- 7th floor: 24-room hematology-oncology unit with fusion suites.
- 6th floor: 50-bed neonatal intensive care unit.
- 2nd floor: Four pediatric surgery rooms.
- Lobby: Pediatric diagnostic services; and UMC services.
- Basement: Pharmacy, pediatric rehab, administration, cafeteria.
- Pediatric emergency room is on ground floor of UMC, next to UMC emergency room.
- UMC Women’s Pavilion: 2nd, 4th, and 5th floors; building mechanical systems on third floor.