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New Greenville Hospital Wing Open

Published On: Jul 23 2012 05:34:34 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 25 2012 09:26:16 AM CDT

With nearly 13,000 square feet and 16 exam rooms, the new Vidant Children's Emergency Department in Greenville is truly a state-of-the-art facility.

A ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the department Monday morning.

"We want the children to come in here and get the same care, whether it's Friday night or Monday morning, the care should be the same for the problems that they have," Dr. Ted Delbridge, Chief of Emergency Services said.  

Delbridge said this facility has been in the works for the last six years.

"Bringing patients that are similar into one place makes it a lot easier for the staff to stay in the correct gear. Also, to have the right equipment on hand in the exact room where the child is being taken care of as opposed to being spread out in a very large facility," he said.

Dr. Dawn Kendrick, the medical director for the facility, said they put a lot of thought into the layout.

"There a lot of design aspects that were meant to ease the pain or ease children while they're here in the department, such as different lighting that can be changed," Kendrick said.

A fish pond in the waiting room is another added feature.

The department officially opened at one o'clock Monday afternoon.  The facility will remain open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.