The latest news on the health and wellness issues that matter most • July 2016 Health Matters
L ast March, NCH took another giant step on the road to NCH Board Chair and benefactor for not only the pediatric ER but also the 24-bed MacDonald Seacarium, expressed the hope that the new pediatric emergency department will help ease the fear and anxiety of children and their parents by providing a child-focused and child-friendly pediatric care environment that is fun and entertaining while being separated from the adult emergency room. The facility is spectacular, thanks to the efforts of CNO Michele Thoman, who is also the COO of the North Naples Campus, Director of the Pediatric Emergency Team Dr. Pia Myers, a design team from Studio Plus and builder S AVES Y OUNG L IVES NCH PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY SERVICES by AllenWeiss, MD providing full-service, close-to-home healthcare with the opening of the 24-hour Robert, Mariann & Megan MacDonald Pediatric Emergency Room. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mariann MacDonald, our
DeAngelis and Diamond. One terrific feature is that the color of the ambient lighting in each of the 14 exam rooms can be selected by the child being cared for. So if a little guy likes blue or a big girl is partial to purple, all they need do is flick the switch and, voila! Of course, additional lighting for appropriate examination is also instantly available for the clinicians. The facility’s pediatric waiting room is equipped with an interactive video display projected onto the floor, where the little ones can use their feet to make various scenarios come alive, ranging from chasing a starfish around the sea to kicking marshmallows into warm cocoa. Adding to the comforting and welcoming ambience are a fanciful tree to play under and a few little soft critters to crawl through. If you didn’t know this was a pediatric waiting room, you might think you were in a theme park. It’s an ingenious setup. The rear entrance of the pediatric ER allows for Emergency Medical Services to transport directly into a special resuscitation room in the event of a child victim of drowning or another catastrophe. In this case, Dr. Debra Lopez or a colleague can come down from the MacDonald Seacarium to assist along with the pediatric ER physicians and staff. Having full service pediatric capabilities in town has already led to more young lives being saved. Currently we have pediatric specialties in cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, neurology, nephrology and urology, with others anticipated soon. Dr. Pia Myers’ vision for this state-of-the-art facility began five years ago when she came to southwest Florida to develop our program. From vision to design to execution and fruition, the pediatric ER has exceeded everyone’s expectations. It is bigger and more comprehensive than anyone had envisioned. On a recent afternoon, Dr. Myers diagnosed a child with acute leukemia, treated another with Burkitt’s lymphoma and a third with retinoblastoma, in addition to the usual broken bones, laceration repairs, sports related concussions, pneumonia and other acute childhood illnesses. Please share this good news with those you know who have children who will benefit by staying close by. It’s reassuring to know that all of their healthcare needs can be treated with the most sophisticated technology in the most comforting of settings right here at home. Our children and grandchildren are our future. The Robert, Mariann & Megan MacDonald Pediatric Emergency Room is located on the NCH North Naples hospital campus, intersection of Immokalee and Goodlette-Frank Road.
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