New Inpatient Pavilion opens at Miller Childrens Hospital

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Former and current patients of Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach lower the drawbridge to mark the opening of the new Inpatient pavilion.

Former and current patients of Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach lower the drawbridge to mark the opening of the new Inpatient pavilion.

Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach celebrated the completion of its 124,000 square-foot inpatient pavilion Tuesday, Dec. 8, by lowering a drawbridge to reveal the inside of the modern-day “castle,” including lifesaving technologies and leading-edge services that soon will be available for young patients across the region.

After six years of planning and construction, representatives from Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, city and state officials as well as patients and community heroes joined together to celebrate the completion of the Pavilion with a parade of local heroes, a dedication ceremony and a sneak peek of the new facility.

“We’re incredibly excited and proud of the new Pavilion at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach,” said Diana Hendel, CEO of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Long Beach Memorial. “For more than 38 years, our children’s hospital has been a pillar of this community, healing our children when they are sick and providing many families with a healthy and hopeful future. We are deeply committed to continuing to serve the Long Beach community by offering an environmentally-friendly and modern care facility that will exist to improve the lives of children for generations to come.”

At a time when the state has lost nearly 800 pediatric beds over the last decade, Miller Children’s Hospital is continuing to invest to meet the immediate needs of pediatric patients throughout Southern California. In addition to a family resource center, playrooms, conference space and a sanctuary, the new Pavilion houses:

  • The Henry L. Guenther Foundation Pediatric Surgical Center, which includes seven state-of-the-art operating rooms and many features designed to increase comfort and reduce stress for both patients and their families. From complex surgeries to routine operations, the surgery center is well-equipped to handle virtually any pediatric surgical need.
  • An easily accessible Pediatric Imaging Center for quick outpatient radiology studies, which is centrally located to accommodate inpatient and emergency department needs. The center includes dedicated X-ray rooms, radiography and fluoroscopy rooms, ultrasound rooms and dressing rooms with baby changing tables.
  • A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit specially designed with the quiet, comforting environment of the womb in mind. Each infant is cared for in his or her own three-walled bay, reducing noise levels.

Throughout the entire construction process, Miller Children’s took tremendous strides toward not only promoting a healing environment for children, but also creating a green environment that positively impacts the planet. The new Pavilion features high-efficiency lighting systems, and is designed to provide ample sunlight, requiring less electric lighting during the day. In addition, materials such as carpet containing recycled content and linoleum flooring, which is made from organic and rapidly renewable materials, is also used throughout much of the new pavilion.

Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach received $74 million for the new Pavilion as a result of the passage of California’s Proposition 61 in November 2004, which all eight free-standing children’s hospitals in the state of California received. $24 million was acquired as a result of the capital fundraising campaign spearheaded by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Miller Children’s was also the first and only children’s hospital to receive Brownfield Grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their greening efforts. Further funding was made possible through hospital operations.

Interesting fact about Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach: Only 5 percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals, and Miller Children’s is one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in California.

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