Reporting Kai Jackson
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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A brand new children’s hospital comes to Sinai in Northwest Baltimore. The $29 million center will allow families to stay together through a sick child’s treatment.
Kai Jackson got an inside look at the cutting-edge new hospital.
The state-of-the-art hospital is days away from opening.
Cheers and smiles in Northwest Baltimore Thursday night as Sinai Hospital dedicated the new Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital.
“This is huge. There are only three hospitals in town that provide some specialty or multi-special care for children and we’re one of them,” Dr. Joe Wiley, chairman of Sinai Pediatrics, said.
The hospital is 23,000 square feet. There are 26 rooms with single private beds. The new playroom for children is about 50 percent larger than the previous one. There’s a new lounge dedicated for teens.
It’s a state-of-the-art facility that will help kids like 11-year-old Zac Green. He’s endured a time-consuming leg lengthening surgery at Sinai.
“It’s unbelievable that the children and families are going to have something like that,” Tracy Green, Zac Green’s mother, said.
“The rooms are bigger. You get a lot more space. If you’re able to get up you can take a shower,” Zac Green said.
When children at Sinai are undergoing treatment for something painful or perhaps even scary, they can interact with a distraction station. It takes their minds off what’s happening at the moment. It’s all part of big changes in medicine and at Sinai.
“So I think it will make something that’s already been great even a little bit better if it could be,” Dr. Cardella Coleman, a radiation oncologist at Sinai Hospital, said.
Pediatric patients move in March 19.
With expanded facilities, parents are encouraged to stay with their children around-the-clock.