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Full House: Let the Healing Begin!
by Trillium Hibbeln on 01/17/2011 at 8:52 AM

We did it!

As you can imagine, the past few days since 1-11-11 have been pretty busy so I have not had time to bring you up to date on how well  things are going in the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

It is amazing to walk the halls and see that the work of healing has begun.

After many months when the building had only construction workers and other adults inside, now there are kids everywhere and it feels so good to see them here. We all feel very proud.

In the lobby the "PlayMotion" wall is just as captivating as we thought it would be (okay, we adults already proved that before we even opened). Funny, yesterday to hear one observer say:  "Are those real kids or are they actors, this looks like a commercial for your children's hospital watching those kids play at that wall."

For me, seeing families together in the spacious patient rooms, and a dad bringing pizza from the Balk Cafe up to his son's room, and hearing the positive comments is just so rewarding.

A colleague relayed this story about a friend he saw in the cafeteria waiting for his son's diagnostic procedure to be done. The gentleman is a hotel executive and he commented, "When I came to your welcome desk I was treated like a guest in my own hotel. Tell everyone to keep up the good work."

Already the new children's hospital is busy with patients, in fact, we have nearly a "full house."  All six operating rooms are in use, the sedation and radiology areas are busy, and the emergency department is running at full throttle.

The positive media coverage has made everyone feel very good knowing the impact we are having on children and their families.

This week we become fully operational when we open the 10th floor hematology/oncology infusion center and the outpatient cardiology center.

I wonder what you are hearing about the new Helen DeVos Children's  Hospital?  What experiences do you have to share.?

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