Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

New $73 Million Children's Hospital in Tulsa Offers Healthy Dose of Child Appeal

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

New $73 Million Children's Hospital in Tulsa Offers Healthy Dose of Child Appeal

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Playrooms full of toys, X-Box 360s and flat-screen TVs sound like a child's wish list. But those are just a few of the amenities offered at the new Children's Hospital at Saint Francis Health System at 6161 S. Yale.

Despite the snow piling up, people of all ages came to the north side of the hospital campus for the grand opening of the state-of- the-art facility Thursday morning.

Looking at a snow-covered crowd, William K. Warren Jr., chairman emeritus and vice president of the William K. Warren Foundation, said no expense was spared in purchasing the best technological equipment.

"I hope you will see the children's hospital will provide the very best in medical care for children in this region of the United States," he said.

The hospital sits at 265,765 square feet and cost $72.6 million to build. $23.5 million was raised through private donations.

Prior to the ceremony, guided tours were offered to view the eight floors. In the facility there isn't a trace of neutral colors. Each floor features a bright interior theme such as prairie dogs, insects, birds, fish and the solar system. Officials said the colors were chosen to send a comforting appeal to children.

There are a total of 104 beds - 84 for general pediatrics and 20 for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Ethan Warlick, medical director for Saint Francis Children's Hospital Urgent Care, said there isn't one main specialty the new facility is focused on. Instead, it's continuing the same specialties - in a larger space.

"It's all about real estate," he said. "The services haven't changed. Before our rooms couldn't let us do everything we needed to do, it took a lot of time and resources. Having more space makes us more efficient."

General pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, oncology and pediatric surgery patients all have specialized units. …

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