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Inside look at Grand Strand Medical Center Pediatric ICU

Source: Brooke Holden Source: Brooke Holden

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - During times of emergencies, you want to know your children are in the best hands. That's why Grand Strand Medical Center is expanding, adding a brand new pediatric floor.

It includes a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. It has eight beds for children from days old to 18 years. It's only one part of the brand new floor. In total, there will be 32 beds, which makes room for general pediatric care and medical/surgical. This floor doesn't just come with special care for kids, but pediatric specialists.

Bright color schemes, private bathrooms, TVs, and video games were all added for a more comfortable atmosphere. Each room even has a sofa bed for parents to stay. Most importantly, each child will have a private room.

As Medical Director for Pediatric Inpatient Services, Dr. David David Rosenberg said the goal is for patients to feel as at home as they possibly can in a hospital.

"Another benefit is, for example, an automobile crash, where the entire family's involved, this way, the children and the parents can be in the same institution,” said Dr. Rosenberg. "Critically ill children that needed intensive care, for example, would have to be transported out of town, this way the kids can stay in town, the families are with them so it's less stress on both the parents and the child."

Doctors say there is without a doubt a need for these services in the Grand Strand. After two years of planning, nearly a year of construction and $12.5 million spent, it's finally about a month away from opening.

You're invited for a tour Saturday morning, with your family, during the Teddy Bear Clinic.

Kids are invited to bring their favorite fuzzy friend along with them. Doctors will use the stuffed animals to show kids x-rays and ways they would be treated as patients. The event has two main purposes, to be educational and fun. It's a chance to introduce children to the hospital before they ever really need to be there.

The tour will be kid-friendly and include games, giveaways and snacks. Children will also be able to tour a fire truck and ambulance, and of course meet our local heroes. The main purpose of this all is to break families fear of the hospital setting.

"Hospitalization can be very scary both for the children and for the parents because usually hospitalization occurs during a time of high stress,” said Dr. Rosenberg. “This is a way for the children to see the hospital and become familiar with the environment again in a non-threatening manner."

The first 200 kids will also get a free teddy bear. The clinic will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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