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Over recent years, Cabell Huntington has added the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and the North Patient Tower to its campus. These new facilities and the technology they offer benefit most of our patients, primarily adults. Now it is time to dedicate the same kind of resources and commitment to a facility that will serve our community’s children with a pleasing environment, comprehensive care for babies and children and state-of the-art equipment and technology — a children's hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
"Over the past 50 years, Cabell Huntington Hospital has seen the development of many centers of excellence in health care, including a medical school, a cancer center, a joint replacement center and a dialysis center," said David A. Graley, Vice President & COO of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation. "Now, it's time for Cabell Huntington and the community to take a bold step toward providing state-of-the-art health care for our most precious asset, our children. It's time for the region to have a children's hospital."
The plan for a children's hospital includes significant changes in access and resources for patients, their families and healthcare providers. The changes will begin at the front door and continue inside, with child-friendly fixtures, bright colors and comfortable furniture to welcome patients and their families. When completed, the new children's hospital will feature a dedicated entrance, lobby and rooftop play area. Plans also include treatment rooms equipped with sophisticated equipment and improved accommodations for families.
"When a child gets sick, the whole family is involved in their care," said Velma Workman, Development Outreach Coordinator at Cabell Huntington Hospital. "We need an environment that is family-friendly and promotes healing in that fashion."
With this campaign, Cabell Huntington Hospital is demonstrating its continuing commitment to the well being of our children, and now the community is being asked to show its commitment, too. Your generosity will bring together our experienced nursing staff, our pediatricians and pediatric specialists, new specialists with the latest technology and equipment in a modern facility designed just for children. A children's hospital will allow Cabell Huntington to continue to keep pace with the most current advances in infant and pediatric care and offer a wide range of advanced, comprehensive care to the youngest members of our community right here at home.
"Our Pediatric Unit was in place when the hospital opened its doors in 1956, and it has been growing ever since," said Brent A. Marsteller, President and CEO of Cabell Huntington Hospital. "About 25 years ago, we opened a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with specialized services for transporting critically ill and injured children to our hospital for care. It is time to move forward by creating a children's hospital where essential services can be combined with specialized treatment, creating comprehensive care for our children right here in the Tri-State."