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American Family Children's Hospital Staff and Patients Cut the Ribbons to Mark the Opening of the New Pediatric Surgical Services PavilionMADISON - With surgical scissors in hand, patients and staff cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new Pediatric Surgical Pavilion at American Family Children's Hospital.

The surgical pavilion, on the third floor of American Family Children's Hospital, is the newest addition to the one-year-old facility. With six operating rooms, two procedures rooms and 30 pre-surgery beds, the surgical pavilion is a state-of-the-art facility with the latest in operating room design and technology. The first procedure is scheduled for Sept. 22.
 
Not Just Little Adults

"Children are not little adults," says Dennis Lund, MD, chief of pediatric surgery. "They have a completely separate set of diseases and responses to their diseases, not to mention different social and emotional needs."

The Pediatric Surgical Pavilion, like American Family Children's Hospital, was built with three principles in mind, according to Dr. Lund. Children should be cared for by medical staff specially trained in the needs of pediatric patients and their diseases. Whenever possible, pediatric patients should be separated in their care from that of adults in a facility specially designed to meet their needs. And parents and families should be able to be with their children as much as possible.

"We've become a leader in patient-centered care because of our belief in those principles," says Dr. Lund.

Reflecting the patient-centered care provided by American Family Children's Hospital, every aspect of the surgical pavilion is intended to make patients comfortable and relaxed even as they face potentially stressful procedures.
 
Patient-Centered Care

The surgical pavilion has a Lake Michigan theme, complete with "swimming" fish and turtles along the floors. Artwork from children decorate the halls and rooms, and just off the elevator is a large glass mural of Lake Michigan life.

Eleven-year-old Kenzie Severson of Sun Prairie, Wis. and her family were impressed by the thought and details that went into the surgical pavilion. Kenzie has Dubowitz Syndrome, an extremely rare, inherited developmental disorder. She has had several operations at American Family Children's Hospital over her life already, with many more planned.

"It's such a comfort knowing we have a world-class facility so close to home," says Daryl Severson, Kenzie's dad. "The make-up of the facility helps take the edge off a stressful event." 
 
A Process That Helps Alleviate Stress

The entire process leading to surgery is intended to help alleviate some of the stress for patients. When patients arrive for a procedure they will be brought into the Pre-Op/Post-Op unit along with their family. In one of the 30 private rooms, nurses will check their vitals, prepare an IV and talk with patients and families about their surgery and what to expect. Pediatric Operating Room at American Family Children's Hospital

While they wait for the surgery, patients and their siblings can go to the Child Life Playroom where a child life specialist will help them find age-appropriate toys and offer ways to cope with the surgery.

Once the surgery is ready to begin, parents can accompany their child to the operating room where they can stay and comfort him or her at the start of anesthesia.

After surgery, children are brought to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, or PACU. A nurse stays at the bedside to ensure the child's safety and comfort as he or she wakes from anesthesia. Parents can join their children at this time as well.

The surgical services provided in the new pavilion include general surgery, urology, GI, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, plastics and thoracic. An estimated 4,060 surgical procedures will be performed at American Family Children's Hospital each year.
 
 
Pictured: (top) Staff and patients cut the ribbon to the new pediatric surgical pavilion. (right) One of the new pediatric operating rooms.
 
Photo credits: Todd Brown/Media Solutions

Date Published: 09/30/2008


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