Newswise — Today marks the eighth birthday of Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center and the completion of the first phase of its expansion to better serve children in the System’s 30,000 square-mile Central Texas service area.
“We are excited to celebrate eight years of service and to expand our pediatric care capabilities for our patients,” said Dominic Lucia, MD, chief medical officer, Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s. “We continue to build on our commitment to provide quality care by expanding services and investing in equipment to meet the growing needs of our community.”
The expansion includes the McLane Children’s Fikes/CEFCO emergency department, outpatient rehabilitation clinic areas, and the medical center’s imaging capabilities.
In the McLane Children’s Fikes/CEFCO emergency department, six new exam rooms, dedicated space for patients with mental health needs, and a larger family waiting area will allow staff members to treat an additional 10,000 patients a year. The emergency department currently treats 30,000 pediatric patients annually.
The hospital also expands its imaging capabilities with the addition of a new children’s themed 3T MRI. The new 3T MRI complements the existing 1.5T MRI machine by providing faster whole-body scans and producing high-resolution images.
With the steady increase of pediatric patients needing outpatient rehabilitation services, the physical therapy and occupational therapy clinic areas doubled their space. As part of the expansion, a new technologically advanced multisensory room was installed to offer patients an enhanced experience during therapy. The new area also features an expanded gym, three additional private exam rooms, and office space to allow the therapy team to grow with the needs of the community.
“Since opening the hospital, the community continues to play a vital role in helping us to provide services and a variety of treatment options,” said Dell Ingram-Walker, vice president of operations, Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s. “With community input, we are able to develop programs and services that meet a diversity of medical and health needs.”
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