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Amazing technology highlights new St. Jude rooms

The new rooms at St. Jude allow patients to change the color of lights in the room to match their mood (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5) The new rooms at St. Jude allow patients to change the color of lights in the room to match their mood (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
Interactive and functional screens and walls allows patients to play and learn (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5) Interactive and functional screens and walls allows patients to play and learn (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

John Curran from St. Jude led a Tuesday tour of a new segment of the hospital. It's the expansion of three inpatient floors at the St. Jude Kay Research and Care Center, a total of 51 new rooms.

"Best inpatient floors ever built by anybody," Curran said.

The technology is state of the art. The "Imagine Room" has a screen you're accustomed to seeing at a Grizzlies games, not a hospital. It allows patients to Skype with family, watch television, and play video games.

One of the coolest aspects of this expansion is interactive touchscreen walls. Patients can take their minds off of what they're dealing with at the hospital and learn fun facts about animals like the seahorse.

"They just get to be kids," Janice English said. "That is huge when you're battling an illness like this."

But the technology is more than fun, it's functional. Special iPads allow staff to know what restrictions or safety precautions need to be taken with the patients. There are also tube stations that allow for the efficient writing and receiving of prescriptions.

Chris Bridges is a parent of a St. Jude patient. His daughter Khirsten is battling sickle cell anemia. He and other parents had input into different aspects of the facility. This included a parent room, so patients stay close to their loved ones.

"I'm blown away," Bridges said. "I know the kid is going to be blown away as well."

His daughter will probably also enjoy changing the color of the lighting in her room to fit her mood too. His daughter and the rest of the patients move into these new rooms on September 20.

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