This post is brought to you by The Motherhood and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. All opinions are my own.
If at any point in time your child is injured and or not feeling well, as a parent you only want the best. You want the best doctor’s, you want the best hospital and you want your child to know that they are being treated with the utmost care and dignity. Even more so you want them to still be a child and have the same experiences that other children their age are having. Being cared for is one thing but being cared about is another.
This is what the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone is able to provide to children. With the latest in technology and their state-of-the-art facility, they are the first children’s hospital to open in NYC in 15 years. Located inside the Kimmel Pavilion, children and family members will find their own unique entrance and waiting area. You can’t miss the entrance with Spot outside. Spot is a 38-foot tall Dalmatian sculpture balancing a yellow taxi cab on her nose, designed by Donald Lipski. Children will be immersed in all that NYC has to offer brought to life in the hallways and other children’s spaces, including murals and sculptures. While in the recreation area for patients and families on the 7th floor, you might think you are at Radio City Music Hall, and if you look across the floor you’ll see a model of the Empire State Building.
Each of its 68 single patient rooms includes a sleeping space for parents that allows patients and parents to stay together, making their stay more at ease, while reducing the risk of infection and providing privacy. Each room is as high tech as it can get with MyWall, a 75 inch electronic screen controlled with a tablet at the bedside, allowing patients to control lighting and temperature in the room, order meals, watch TV, and see what their provider is recommending for them to do each day like exercises or goals. They can also Skype with friends and other family members. Everything they need is within reach.
For any patient, being in a hospital room for long periods of time can be lonely and also not fun at all. Did you know that members of the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital’s Youth Advisory Council and Family Advisory Council gave their input on what children would want to have during their stay? Take it from those who have been there before and want to make an impact on others lives.
Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital knows that a child’s stay is a family affair. Treating the patient is one thing, but it is also about treating the family. A family resource room is offered so that families can step away from the hospital room and access laundry facilities, showers and workstations. Want to step outside and enjoy the view that NYC has to offer? Families can do that too. As long as their doctor gives the a-ok, patients can go outside to the children’s terrace with gorgeous views of the Empire State Building and fresh air, allowing everyone to catch their breath. The children’s terrace features oversized whimsical artwork like a tennis ball, ice cream cone, and a word block.
You might think you have stepped into another dimension when it comes to the technology throughout the hospital. For example, a fleet of robots will transport meals, supplies and medication to staff and patients. On average, each of the 31 robots will travel 138 miles a week and over 960 miles a month. There are also Digital Mediation Drawers adjacent to each hospital room. These drawers are operated by fingerprint scanning connected to the patients’ hospital record. Nurses and doctors have access at the swipe of a badge to check in on their patient’s health status. They will also have the capability to connect with each other via the Clinical Mobile Companions–think of it as the most high tech iPhone available with unique apps designed for the medical field.
When it comes to being in the operating room, your child will have the best doctors and medical instruments in each room. This BuzzOR is state of the art, allowing doctors and surgeons to be interactive during the procedure by connecting with others in real time. Images and specimens can be sent directly to pathology, the surgeon never has to leave the room, which saves time for both patients and OR staff. With instruments all connected on the ceiling, there is more room for floor space as well as the capability to add new devices whenever needed.
With over 10 years of thought, hard work and dedication, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone will open on June 24th. The hospital is dedicated to making sure that children are put at ease, that parents’ voices are heard, and that the entire family knows their children aren’t just cared for but cared about.
Though we all would never want to see a child need to stay in a hospital for any period of time, know that their stay at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital will be one tailored to their needs as well as those of their family.