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MUSC affords early take a look at new youngsters’s hospital in Charleston, set to open in October | Well being

With somewhat over two months left till the scheduled opening, the Medical College of South Carolina provided an inside take a look at their new youngsters’s hospital.

The MUSC Shawn Jenkins Kids’s Hospital is 10 flooring tall and was modeled after the close by Ashley River Tower. Hospital leaders will formally dedicate the constructing on Friday morning.  

The present youngsters’s hospital is situated on Ashley Avenue and was constructed greater than 30 years in the past. Building on the brand new facility on the intersection of Calhoun Avenue and Courtenay Drive broke floor again in August 2016. 

The unique price range for the youngsters’s hospital, first accepted in 2013, was rather less than $350 million. That determine has since elevated to just about $400 million. 

MUSC has up to now acquired greater than $100 million in personal philanthropy to fund the brand new youngsters’s hospital, together with a $25 million donation from the hospital’s namesake — distinguished expertise entrepreneur Shawn Jenkins. The rest of the undertaking has been financed with a mix of state cash and federal loans. 

A few of the donated cash shall be used to pay for a $5 million backyard atrium and aquariums, which is able to value almost $800,000.

Jenkins informed MUSC officers he was proud that donors have given a helpful piece of actual property on the Charleston peninsula to a really weak group — youngsters in want. 

“Let’s give them the penthouse view, mainly,” Jenkins stated. 

The highest ground will home the most cancers care unit. 



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Work continues Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, on the Medical College of South Carolina’s Shawn Jenkins Kids’s Hospital in Charleston. The hospital, slated to open in October, is designed to resemble a sail. Grace Beahm Alford/Employees



New Facilities 

Lots of the hospital’s public facilities, together with the cafeteria, a multi-purpose room, a chapel and an indoor and outside atrium, shall be situated on the seventh ground. 

The multi-purpose room shall be used for issues like instructional actions or visitor audio system. 

The cafeteria will provide wholesome choices for meals, MUSC spokeswoman Heather Woolwine stated. There may even be a grab-and-go area that may enable households to get meals when the cafeteria is closed.

“At three o’clock within the morning, if any individual wants a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, they’ll get it,” she stated. 

MUSC is shifting into the third section of a significant decades-long constructing substitute plan.

The seventh ground additionally features a balcony area with seating choices that overlook the Ashley River. The hospital will provide a laundry room for households and sufferers, after these teams expressed the necessity for one.  

Within the outdoors backyard space on the seventh ground, the area will embrace a large put in display screen that may enable youngsters to observe motion pictures. There may even be a playground and swings situated within the outdoors atrium. 

Planners wish to embrace extra foliage to provide a Lowcountry really feel to the area, Woolwine stated. The indoor portion of the atrium will embrace actions for kids and households. The purpose is to make households really feel snug and at house. 

“No one needs to return to the hospital,” she stated. 

The indoor and outside atrium had been funded by a donation from philanthropist Anita Zucker and her household. 



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Labor and supply nurses on the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Kids’s Hospital obtain instruction on utilizing new gear Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 in Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Employees



Contact pads, thermostats and more room

Every ground will embrace a kitchen and a play space.

When hospital leaders solicited suggestions from mother and father and caregivers throughout the planning levels, they discovered that folks wished extra choices that allowed them to remain near their youngsters. 

Along with couches with pull-out beds in affected person rooms, every room will include a flat display screen tv and an hooked up digicam.

“The entire rooms are outfitted for telehealth,” Woolwine stated.  

However first, MUSC should ask permission from the State Fiscal Accountability Authority to proceed.

The rooms will embrace scanners that may undertaking supplier info onto a flat display screen when a physician comes into the room. Affected person rooms may even have at the least two contact pads. One will stay put in on a wall subsequent to the doorway of the affected person’s room and can undertaking affected person info. One other contact pad shall be situated inside every room and shall be specifically programmed for every household. 

Woolwine stated that the contact pads will enable children to proceed watching their favourite reveals when info is projected on their bigger display screen. They may even give households the choice to regulate the temperature in every room since the entire affected person rooms are geared up with particular person thermostats. 

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The rooms are extra spacious than they’re within the older hospital. 

“Individuals wish to have their household with them,” she stated. “So area was the No. 1 factor.” 



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Alan Rodrigo lays ground tiles Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, sooner or later youngsters’s atrium on the seventh ground contained in the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Kids’s Hospital in Charleston. The atrium may even have an outside part full with a flower backyard, a playground and swings. Grace Beahm Alford/Employees



On price range — for now

The hospital will embrace a brand new pediatric coronary heart care heart on the third ground and an intensive care unit on the second. One of many essential variations between the brand new facility and the present hospital is how sufferers are organized.

Within the present facility on Ashley Avenue, a lot of the area is open bay. 

“Households are just about subsequent to one another,” Woolwine stated. “It simply provides one other stage of stress.” 

Within the new facility, there shall be a non-public room construction. The thought to reorganize the rooms got here from a mom who misplaced her baby on the youngsters’s hospital. 

The mom informed MUSC that the open bay construction made it troublesome to grieve her baby. 

“And that was suggestions from one mother that made a distinction,” Woolwine stated. 

The realm round MUSC, Roper Hospital and the VA Medical Middle in downtown Charleston floods often and severely. It’s a longstanding drawback and a significant public security danger within the occasion of a significant storm.

The hospital may even come geared up with a helicopter pad on the roof. Metropolis officers wished to create one thing that might be extensively used. 

“If a child is occurring a helicopter, they are going to come right here,” she stated. 

For now, the hospital undertaking is on-budget. However MUSC leaders are involved about the opportunity of going over-budget if surprising prices come up, stated Dr. Pat Cawley, CEO of MUSC Well being, throughout a board assembly Thursday morning. Whether or not that occurs will depend upon some last payments from contractors.

MUSC leaders count on 1,000 folks to attend the ability’s official dedication on Friday.




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