Construction has begun on a new building called the George S. and Delores Dore Eccles Outpatient Services Building at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. The purpose of the edifice is to ease the crowding in the current buildings and offer expansion for future outpatient services.
This marks the first large expansion for the hospital in 22 years. It will add approximately 200,000 square feet of hospital space and will allow for enlargement of many important departments and care services. Initially, however, the building will be purposed for outpatient care.
The site is west of the current main hospital building. The new building will be attached to the current one with a sky bridge which will extend over Mario Capecchi drive. That will provide patient protected access between the buildings.
There will be six floors altogether including the basement. There will be 41 different departments including a lab, cardiology, and many more. Plus there will be a café and the exterior will feature landscaping with sitting areas. There will also be areas of unfinished space to make allowance for future expansion. A four level parking garage will handle the increased traffic which the building will bring to the area.
Since the outpatient services are the busiest in the hospital, this expansion is greatly welcomed to all those associated with Primary Children’s. The building is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014.
When a family brings their child to a children’s hospital, they are already experiencing fear and trauma. The additional burden of a potentially huge medical bill should not prevent them from getting the care they need. Financial circumstances should be the least of their worries in their time of trouble.
Because of this, donation funded financial assistance is available for those who need help. In addition, donations provide funding for research into new treatments and therapies.
Besides individual donations, many companies and businesses make generous donations to children’s hospitals. Not only large companies, either! For example, this small internet company that sells marine stereos and waterproof speakers donates often.
At the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, approximately 1 out of 9 children admitted are treated free of charge. During 2012 that added up to more than twelve million dollars in charitable aid.
Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah was ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation for 2014 by US News and World Report
More than 50 hospitals across the country were ranked in various areas of specialty including cancer, cardiology, heart surgery, diabetes care and more. Primary Children’s hospital was at or near the top in 5 of the categories judged. This comes as no surprise since the hospital has been amongst the top ranked for most of the last 20 years.
Parents of children with serious illness can take comfort in the fact that their child is getting some of the best care available in the nation. US News & World Report has been doing these rankings since 2007 and they put a strong emphasis on survival rates, staff competency, volume of procedures and many more important measurables.
In order to determine which data was most important in determining the best hospitals, the magazine surveyed approximately 110 pediatric centers. In addition, they asked the pediatric specialists to which hospitals they were most likely to send their children with the most serious illnesses.