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Florida Hospital Unveils New Details, Name for 'Children's Hospital of the Future'
Date:8/27/2008

ons on the ceiling accompanied by soft lighting and music, allowing "escapes" to areas such as the beach or mountains.

"Philips is delivering a captivating and comforting, child-friendly space. We're incorporating the latest in clinical design and technologies, as well as elements, to provide calming, positive assurances to patients and their families," said Brent Shafer, executive vice president and CEO, North America, for Philips Healthcare. "In collaboration with Disney Children's Hospital, we're aiming to define the 'Children's Hospital of the Future.'"

Technology will extend to the in-room experience as well, where the first Interactive Patient Care technology of its kind in Central Florida will allow bedside access to the GetWellNetwork(R) Patient-Life System(R) so that pediatric patients can play video games, watch movies and surf the Internet. Parents may also view the latest information on childhood obesity, asthma, diabetes and other topics through patient education videos on the same system.

"GetWellNetwork is excited to contribute our Interactive Patient Care technology to the 'Children's Hospital of the Future' at Disney Children's Hospital," said Michael O'Neil, Jr., founder and CEO, GetWellNetwork, Inc. "This technology enhances the patient experience and gives them access to interactive resources that educate and entertain to make their stay as comfortable as possible. With the touch of a keyboard or remote, patients or their parents can view vital health information and communicate with other areas of the hospital to help meet their health care needs."

Joining the medical leadership of the hospital, Dr. Antonia Novello, former United States Surgeon General, will guide the children's health and policy platform as the vice president of Women and Children Health and Policy Affairs. During her tenure as the first female and first Hispanic Surgeon General, Novello helped launch the Healthy Children Ready to Learn Initiative an
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