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Our Children's hospital opens this month

The interior design scheme is colorful but not brash. It is whimsical but not childish. If there is such a thing, it could be considered somewhat reminiscent of a calm cartoon character's set.

Rodgers said the intent was to create a magical environment that would lend itself to small children, adolescents and adults. Think great children's literature how it is written on several levels so both children and adults can appreciate it.

The architects used different angles to create a sense of wonder in a space that is clean and orderly. The attention to detail is stunning, especially in comparison to the 1950's design of the existing children's ward.

"It's two different centuries," Welch said.

For example, the former intensive care had five bays radiating out from a nurse's station. Families would huddle around a curtained off bed. The new intensive care is one person to a room with plenty of space for the family members to congregate.

Welch said the new hospital has areas built in for Upstate's students to conference or study, too. There are training rooms, so staff can train parents or guardians on how to use equipment they might be bringing home when a child is well enough to be released.

Each floor has a separate family lounge with play area, more computer workstations and kitchen areas, so that families can bring in and prepare their own food. There will also be a Tim Horton's available in the Children's Hospital or the family can access the hospital cafeteria if they desire. What works for them food-wise will be attainable.

A new hydrotherapy area has been created, which is very important in treating sickle cell anemia and burns. Doors are inset to move patients in and out easily. Nurses have been decentralized to stations throughout the floor for ease of service. Special attention has been given to lighting, as well as mobility of the patient.

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