After a year of planning and several months of renovations by CDH Partners, the pediatric unit at WellStar Kennestone opened on July 9. Designers created a state-of-the-art, 12-bed 4,700 sq.ft. pediatric friendly space that offers world class pediatric services. Special consideration was given to families and caregivers. Featured in the photo above is the family lounge where parents are able to take time out to rest and regroup. The lounge offers drinks, coffee, comfortable seating, computer areas for checking emails and a playroom.
Artwork done by local students is displayed in the family lounge. “Children are our future. Now they can get the care they need close to home without added stress or inconvenience,” said Candice Saunders, WellStar president & CEO. The project was the vision of WellStar Pediatric Strategic Planning Team in response to a strategic evaluation that included pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, adult physician partners, administrative leaders and the local and broader community.
The unit is staffed exclusively by pediatric-trained caregivers, from a team of pediatric hospitalists, who remain on duty 24/7. The brightly colored interior design is safe, warm, and welcoming.
There’s a central monitoring system in each exam room, enhanced security, ultraviolet filters for infection control, no sharp-edged countertops, and all pediatric-specific equipment. “These features, combined with a trusted provider like WellStar and caregivers who are specially trained in pediatric care, work together to give parents peace of mind at a stressful time,” said Varma Rameswar, assistant vice president, Pediatric Operations, who helped lead the renovation of the space located in the Purple Tower, 5th Floor space. “The (CDH) design team worked closely with the pediatric providers, nursing team and ‘TEAM PEDS’ to make the space as child-friendly as possible,” said Rameswar.
Each year, WellStar Pediatric Services treats more than 350,000 children in our hospital emergency departments (EDs), pediatric offices, Pediatric Center, neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), specialty offices, and for minor surgery, such as ear, nose and throat and orthopedic procedures. Dr. Avril Beckford, M.D., chief pediatric officer, WellStar Health System and a member of the WellStar Board of Trustees noted that the project was “truly team effort. We took great effort to ensure that we were getting the ‘best of the best’ in pediatric care to serve on this unit.”
(Editor’s note: Some of the information used in this article was taken from a recent press release distributed by WellStare Health Services.