Hopes for a surgical suite tailored to pediatric patients and their families become a reality tonight with the dedication of the $2.2 million William and Mildred Levine Pediatric Surgical Suite. Carved out of existing space in the surgical areas of StrongMemorialHospital, the suite dramatically enhances pre- and post-operative services for children at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.
Children from the Finger Lakes-Rochester Region – and beyond – undergo about 6,600 procedures each year at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Although the care they receive is top-notch, the hospital is constantly striving to improve care. Currently, children check in at the same reception desk as adults undergoing surgery, stay in the same waiting areas and share the same pre-operative and post-operative recovery rooms.
“We are constantly striving to improve the care of our region’s children, both medically and emotionally,” said Elizabeth McAnarney, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief. “This new suite serves both needs.”
Donors of the project will be given tours of the new suite beginning at At , an acknowledgement of the donors and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin. A parent, who is also a donor, will speak about why he chose to support the project. Between now and July, the last of the equipment will be installed and the suite will undergo inspections. It is expected to open to patients in July.
The needs of children are very different from those of adults, especially when it comes to being able to have their families at their bedside right up until surgery and as soon afterward as possible. The new suite not only provides that extra time with family, it provides an environment that is both comforting and energetic. The suite is decorated in a seaside theme with kites designed by local artist Paul Knoblauch leading the way from the elevators. A lighthouse in the waiting room creates a focal point and a backdrop for a television.
But the suite is so much more than a fun waiting room. The pre-anesthesia area is now designed for children’s needs, including more space around beds for families to wait with them and televisions for each child to watch while waiting. Probably the most dramatic improvement for children in the post-surgical area is the simple addition of space. Previously, there was little room for parents to provide comfort as children woke up from the unsettling experience of anesthesia. In the new suite, as soon as staff is able, families will be invited back to stay with their children.
“Treating children requires exacting attention to the tiniest details.” Walter Pegoli Jr., M.D., chief of pediatric surgery at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. “They are not just tiny adults, and we are grateful the community has allowed us to provide surgical care that acknowledges that from the moment they enter the hospital.”