New Pediatric Emergency Center Opens
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 31, 2008) - The Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center officially opens today at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Located in a renovated section of the hospital's existing emergency department, the center offers a separate waiting room and treatment area for children in need of urgent care.
The UK Chandler Hospital Emergency Department treated more than 45,000 patients last year, 10,338 of whom were children. UK Chandler Hospital houses one of only two level I trauma centers in the state.
The renovated pediatric emergency rooms are designed specifically for children. They are equipped with smaller beds and heavy doors which block out noise. Kid-friendly decorations will adorn the walls. Xbox 360 game systems donated by the Sara Care Fund will be installed in treatment rooms.
The upgrades were made, in part, through The Makenna Foundation. "We feel like this was an obvious choice for our group. When children come to the emergency room, they are already scared; we wanted to help make the experience a little less traumatizing for children and their families," Sheila David said. David is the executive director of The Makenna Foundation. Her daughter, Makenna, died of a rare lung disease in 1998. The organization has also pledged $1 million for the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center in UK Chandler Hospital's new patient care facility, slated to open in 2010.
"Before the renovations, children were often treated next to adults. While their care was always excellent, we simply needed more room and a separate space for those younger patients - a place that's less intimidating. Now we have that," said Dr. Craig Carter, medical director of the pediatric emergency center.
In all, the renovations have added ten adult beds and six pediatric beds to the emergency department.