Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital opens its fifth floor

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids celebrates the opening of its fifth floor, dedicated to children recovering from surgery.

On January 11, 2011, the new Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital opened in downtown Grand Rapids. The facility allowed for full service geared just for children, something families did not always have access to here in West Michigan. Now they can get the care they need without having to leave the community.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the country, pediatric oncology, and its own emergency room. It’s also expanded its heart surgery program by recruiting a pediatric oncologist.

Now, three years later, the hospital is expanding again with the opening of the fifth floor. The project is happening years earlier than expected because of the hospital’s huge growth. The fifth floor has 24 beds and is as colorful, bright, and kid friendly as the rest of the hospital. It will be a space only for surgical patience so they can get the specific care they need and the families can form relationships with the doctors and learn how to take care of their children after surgery.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital says it worked closely with families in creating the fifth floor, taking into account the things they would like to see there, like adjoining rooms if families have more than one child in the hospital at once.

A personal touch on the fifth floor is the artwork, which was all done by children. The staff says the bright, colorful artwork can help in the healing process and make being in the hospital a less scary experience.

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