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Children's Hospital at Scott & White Opens
Date:10/4/2011

TEMPLE, Texas, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Children's Hospital at Scott & White, the newest pediatric hospital in the state and the only stand-alone facility between Dallas and Austin, opened its doors to patients.

Earlier, hospital personnel used Scott & White's state-of-the-art Simulation Center for a mock transport of "patients" from the existing Children's Hospital, which was housed in Scott & White Hospital-Temple, before moving patients to the new Children's Hospital at Scott & White today.

The hospital is expected to provide access to convenient, world-class pediatric care to families in 32 counties, who previously had to travel far from home to receive treatment.

"Previously, in certain instances, families in Central Texas had to endure the added burden of traveling considerable distances to large metropolitan areas to seek care for their children," said Robert W. Pryor, MD, president and CEO of Scott & White Healthcare. "We are proud to be open for business and are committed to giving children in our community the best possible medical care available."

The Children's Hospital is a 64-bed inpatient facility including 48 private rooms and 16 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) rooms. The facility has been designed to allow staff to deliver family-centered care in a healing and secure environment for the pediatric patient.

A Texas meadow color scheme is reflected throughout the facility's comfort features, including Child Life playrooms where patients are encouraged to take a break from their treatment by playing with siblings and fellow patients. Architects from Dallas-based HKS led the design effort, which transformed Temple's former King's Daughters Hospital building into the Children's Hospital at Scott & White.

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