UF Health Unveils Cardiac Care Unit for Young Patients
GAINESVILLE- It's another step forward in treating some of North Central Florida's most vulnerable patients. The UF Health's Pediatric Cardiac Care unit was unveiled Friday afternoon.
The Haeseler family of Gainesville helped cut the ribbon for the new Pediatric Care unit on Friday. Rachel Haeseler said, "For them to have this facility to be able to care for her, or any other kids in, it's just, it's wonderful."
The Haeseler's tell us they're no strangers to hospital visits. Their three-year-old daughter Genevieve was born with a congenital heart defect in 2010. She needed open heart surgery and they spent months in UF Shands to recover, after seeing the new unit they say it's a big improvement. Rachel said,"The rooms are so much bigger, there are places to keep your things when you have to make a long stay and it's just uh, it's leaps and bounds of what we have currently."
Saturday, hospital officials showed off the new hospital wing to families and staff. There are 23 rooms in total, each with their own bathroom and shower. Parents get a small bed, television, and drawer space while kids get their own gaming station in each room. The space which now holds the new center used to be an administrative section of the hospital before it's tranformation.
Shands Health Care Gainesville CEO Tim Goldfarb said, "We made a promise and we made a pledge to the children with heart disease that we could do better and I think we've done better.
The units also come with a monitering system outside each room for nurse's to keep close watch on their patients. Jason Haeseler said, "The facilities that are up here are going to help deliver great care because that's really what it's about. It's about delivering awesome care."
While families are excited for the new center they won't get to use it until January 15th. Once the new center is open, UF Health officials say they'll close their General Pediatric section temporarily so they can upgrade those rooms as well.
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