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Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - CECH Opens Expanded Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Center

New Center includes comprehensive pediatric cancer program, world-class physicians and family-centered care

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - On July 9th, Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital opened the doors of its newly expanded Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center.  

The $1.2 million dollar, 3,150 square foot expansion project, which began in September 2008, was funded completely by donations from more than 2,500 individuals, schools and other organizations. 

“The new Center includes a combination of world-class technology and resources that will provide the best healthcare to our pediatric patients.  In addition, the center will offer a comfortable child- and family-friendly atmosphere to put our patients at ease,” said Heather Miller, pediatric hematology/oncology nurse manager at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. “We are very appreciative of the generous donors who made this important project a reality.”

The new facility includes individual exam rooms, an infusion area decorated with child-friendly murals and a comprehensive pediatric cancer program. The Center will be staffed by two board-certified pediatric hematology/oncology physicians, a board-certified pediatric palliative care physician, pediatric palliative care consults, endocrinologists to do stem testing, a pediatric hematology/oncology social worker and a dedicated nursing staff trained through The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Fundamentals and Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Program.

The Center will provide daily treatment for patients from infant to 21 years old who need blood transfusions, chemotherapy infusions, lab draws, IV hydrations, sickle cell and oncology sick visits and wellness care, port flushes, bone marrow aspirations and biopsies and other infusions for rheumatology and gastroenterology patients.

The family-centered care philosophies that Chris Evert Children’s Hospital embraces will be forefront in the new facility which includes a 215 gallon salt-water fish tank, flat screen televisions, computers, video games and more. The Center’s program also includes a sibling program.

“When children are receiving cancer treatment, the surroundings they are in can play an important role in process and outcome,” said Miller. “Our new facility offers an appropriate atmosphere that suits our young patients’ needs for privacy and therapeutic play while they are receiving complex treatments.”

To view photos of the expansion project, visit www.browardhealthfoundation.org/cccexpansion.

The Broward Health Foundation is the fundraising arm of Broward Health, one of the ten largest public healthcare systems in the nation. The mission of the Broward Health Foundation is to improve the health of the community by providing resources to promote, support and enhance the programs and initiatives of Broward Health.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.