Construction Begins on Expanded Treatment Center

More room, more privacy for children and their parents

June 05, 2008

When a child is battling cancer, she sometimes wants to interact with other children and sometimes wants to sit in a quiet, comfortable and private space with their parent to relax or sleep while she spends long hours receiving chemotherapy. The new, expanded B&L Wholesale Pediatric Treatment Center at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong aims to make that possible for more children.

Volume has doubled since the University of Rochester Medical Center’s outpatient unit first opened in 1996, now seeing between 200 and 300 children every month. So, for shy teens who covet privacy, family members who want to keep their child company, and immune-compromised or contagious children who require protection or isolation in separate quarters, the three existing private rooms and four semi-private quarters are simply inadequate.

The renovation, which began this week, will add seven more separate isolation rooms, bringing the total to ten private spaces, each furnished with televisions and top-quality infusion chairs that lie perfectly flat, doubling as beds for kids that need rest (four of the current chairs, one in each of the curtained-off spaces, recline only as far as a “V” – a nuisance akin to napping in a car, versus your bed).

The expanded treatment center will also boast a new playroom area to house its air-hockey and craft tables, TVs, computers and play mats, a business area for parents who need to check in with work via email or search the web for health information.. In it, a sliding wall will allow for sectioning off part of the space, creating yet another private area for pre-procedure medical play, or for community groups, like CURE Childhood Cancer, which hold special coffee and chat hours to recharge parents while kids receive care.

The cost of the renovation is almost $1 million and is expected to take several months. The renovated center will be named in honor of B&L Wholesale Supply, which has been raising funds for the center through its annual golf tournament and other fundraisers. More than two dozen generous donors have helped to make the new center a possibility.

You can help
The good news is that the pump has been primed; Still, we still need donations to buy:

• Infusion chairs
• IV poles
• Playroom furniture
• Computers
• Desk and exam chairs
• Dinamap blood pressure monitors
• Toys, movies and games
• Television sets and DVD players for each chair/room
• Blanket warmers (infusion liquids are often cold and the blankets help keep less mobile children warm)
• Transilluminators (help staff locate veins easier)

Please call Development and Community Affairs at (585) 273-5948 to find out how you can help make the Pediatric Treatment Center more comfortable for our region’s children.

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Heather Hare
(585) 273-2840
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