Lori Allen, R.N., former pediatric outreach coordinator of Memorial Children’s Hospital, summed it up best when discussing the children’s hospital three-story expansion: “This will not be just another building.”
She couldn’t be more right.
The new children’s hospital will help expand innovative ways of caring for our area’s most critically ill and injured infants and children. From couplet care for even the most critically ill NICU babies, patient rooms with private bathrooms and showers, acuity adaptable general pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit rooms and many more important features, it will be the perfect blend of form, function and beauty. Plus, we’ll also be welcoming a growing number of pediatric specialists and subspecialists.
More than 200 people came out on Sept. 17 to celebrate the start of construction, including physicians, pediatric specialists, nurses, support staff and volunteers, as well as families, donors and our closest friends. The event included a blessing by John Warren, Pokagon Band Chairman, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Carmi and Chris Murphy and 1st Source Bank CEO Jim Seitz. The decked-out Honorary Construction Crew (our current and former pediatric patients) nearly stole the show with their smiles and tiny tool belts!
The new Memorial Children’s Hospital is becoming a reality! To learn about giving opportunities, contact Memorial Health Foundation at 574.647.6613 or visit https://qualityoflife.org/childrenshospital/shine-for-kids/. Watch the construction in real time by visiting QualityOfLife.org/ChildrensHospital/Construction-Camera/.