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New Wing Provides Improved Features at Blythedale

VALHALLA, N.Y. – The Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla unveiled a new $65 million dollar state-of-the-art wing that will allow the hospital to better accommodate its growing patient population.

“For generations, Blythedale has treated some of the New York metropolitan area’s most vulnerable patients,” said Owen Gutfreund, chairperson of the hospital’s board of trustees, in a press release statement. “Now, their recovery from serious complex medical conditions will take place in the most advanced specialty children’s center of its kind.”

The hospital reports that the new wing will feature four in-patient features that include an infant and toddler section, a traumatic brain injury unit, a pediatric and adolescent unit, and a family center.  The wing includes larger rooms for patients, isolated rooms for those with immune system deficiencies, and a wireless patient monitoring system.  An unveiling ceremony was held on Nov. 21 and patients will begin moving into the facility in early December.

In a released statement, Blythedale CEO Larry Levine said that the facility will allow the hospital to continue providing excellent care to its patients.

“In this new building, with the latest in medical technology and enhanced amenities, we will have the facilities to match the extraordinary level of expertise and care that our doctors, nurses and therapists have provided for so many years,” Levine said.

In addition to providing exceptional care to the patients, their families will also be taken care of.  The new construction includes a spacious lobby, and a family resource center  designed to cater the needs of family members that are required to spend long hours at the hospital while their child receives care.

According to a report published by Blythedale, the new construction is the first phase of a two-phase plan to improve the overall hospital.  In early 2012, the hospital will undergo renovations to its current facilities in order to improve areas such as speech and audiology along with improved assistive technologies.

Blythedale Children’s Hospital treats over 300 in-patients and day patients on a daily basis.  It is the only specialty children’s hospital in the State of New York.

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