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1-11-11: 3 Weeks Already
by Trillium Hibbeln on 02/02/2011 at 8:38 AM

It is three weeks already since the 1-11-11 opening of the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and I thought I should check back in and let you know how it is going.

We have been very busy right from the start in all areas of the children's hospital. Last week we had our first open heart surgery case in the new facility and our first brain surgery was completed in the first week. 

Yesterday, our cardiac catheterization lab opened for its first case. More than 200 children a year will have cardiac catheterizations in the new children's hospital. This minimally invasive procedure can diagnose and treat a variety of congenital heart problems in children.

You can help us share the news about our emergency department. Although on average more than 100 children a day are coming to the new pediatric emergency department, many kids are still showing up at the former emergency department location in Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. We don't turn these kids away, first we have to assess and stabilize before bringing the kids through Butterworth Hospital to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Kids will get emergency care faster and more effectively by coming directly to the new children's hospital emergency department. The entrance is on Bostwick Street, off Michigan Street. Parents can drive right up to the emergency department entrance and leave the car for valet parking while you bring your child directly inside for triage.

I have enjoyed reading your comments on Facebook about your experiences in the new children's hospital. It felt good to read a post from a mom who said the care her son received was "worth the drive from Traverse City."

My friend Shari Schwanzl, the Vice President of Nursing shared two stories with me. She heard a young boy tell his mom at discharge that he wanted to come back to the children's hospital with his friends for his  7th birthday party to have pizza and ice cream and shop in the Gift Shop.

Another mom told Shari "Your people live up to your new building."

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