New hospital makes Mid-South pediatric care more accessible

New hospital makes Mid-South pediatric care more accessible
Source: WMC Action News 5
Source: WMC Action News 5
Source: WMC Action News 5
Source: WMC Action News 5

MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - Getting emergency pediatric care in Memphis can be a challenge, depending on your location. But with the opening Baptist East's pediatric emergency room, the hospital is hoping to change that.

The new 17,000 square foot emergency room is designed to put children at ease when they're feeling their worst.

Furnished with an aquarium, the ER is jungle-themed with interchangeable ceiling lights, stylistic architecture, and artwork from around the world.

The hospital's CEO and administrator, Anita Vaughn, says funding for the $14.1 million space was made possible in part by a gift from a charitable Memphis couple.

"We've had a most generous donation from the Wilsons. Spence and Becky Wilson and the hospital is named after them," said Vaughn.

Since 2001, Baptist Women's Hospital doctors delivered nearly 65,000 babies.

Vaughn says it was parents who consistently asked the hospital to expand its pediatric services.

"We trusted you with their birth, can we bring them back here if we should need this type of child care," Vaughn said parents would often ask her.

The ER will be staffed with physicians, nurses and specialists 24-hours a day who have been training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in preparation for the hospital's opening.

The hospital's public relations manager, Ann Marie Wallace, said it's all about community access to quality care.

"To know that time saves lives and to have another option for an ER for your children," said Wallace.

The grand opening for Baptist Children's Hospital is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 a.m.

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