Upstate University Hospital has a new pediatric emergency department.
Opened on Aug. 9, the $3 million expansion doubles the size of the current unit and relocates emergency care for children to the hospital's fourth floor, making it separate from the adult emergency department.
"This isn't just a little expansion," said Pediatric Emergency Department Director Richard Cantor, MD. "This is a brand new pediatric emergency department that quite frankly, and I know this from the other places, is the nicest one in New York state."
The new pediatric emergency department features 18 private exam rooms with a capacity to serve 24 patients. The pediatric emergency department sees about 27,000 visits annually. The renovated space also has its own pediatric-friendly diagnostic radiology unit, meaning children do not have to leave the unit for some diagnostic tests. The space has been designed and furnished with kids in mind, with plenty of gaming systems for all ages. It's decorated with whimsical designs and generous splashes of color, all aimed at lessening the anxiety for young patients. The renovation was supported in part by contributions from the community, which raised more than $1 million to aid the effort.
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