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CCH Newsletter - Spring 2013

Children’s Cancer Hospital is ready for patients

It won’t be long before the sounds of children’s voices will be heard again from the PediDome on Floor 9 of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Main Building.

With construction activities wrapping up, the renovated and expanded Children’s Cancer Hospital is set to open in May, and is designed specifically for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and their families. Families and patients worked alongside architects and hospital staff designing the floor, which now brings treatment services together in one central location.

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Positioned within the nation’s No. 1 cancer center, the Children’s Cancer Hospital brings young patients the latest in cancer therapies, groundbreaking surgeries, advanced technology and novel research

The Children’s Cancer Hospital’s new 25,664-square-foot home allows consolidation and expansion of services. In addition to two inpatient pods, the Pediatric Ambulatory Treatment Center and Patient Intensive Care Services will be relocated to the floor.

Having services provided in one place allows both outpatients and inpatients to interact in a secure environment with one another and participate more easily in the school program, Child Life activities and to access the Ronald McDonald Family Room areas.

New in the Children's Cancer Hospital

Features of the redesigned pediatric floor include:

  • 35 private inpatient rooms with sleeper sofas and customizable lighting features;
  • nine rooms for intermediate and intensive care;
  • infusion suite with four treatment chairs and 11 private beds;
  • 24/7 welcome desk for enhanced customer service and security;
  • dedicated pediatric pharmacy;
  • laundry room for patients and families;
  • four Ronald McDonald Family Room locations, including a kitchen, family lounge and sleep rooms;
  • K-12 privately accredited school onsite;
  • PediDome recreation space with a basketball goal, reading nook, movie screen and adjoining playroom and teen room; and
  • décor complementing a theme of nature, healing and hope.

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