MACON, Ga. -- WGXA received an inside tour of the Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, Navicent Health in Macon, and from the looks of things, it's a facility that is sure to please.
“You can see that the environment is structured for more of a mother child bonding family center," Dr. Mitch Rodriguez, medical director of neonatal intensive care, said.
Hospital leaders said it's the only dedicated pediatric hospital in central and south Georgia. The hospital has more than 30 board-certified pediatric specialists in several areas including infectious disease, critical care and sports medicine.
Officials said the new hospital makes it possible for children to get state-of-the-art health services in one central location.
“X-ray, MRI, and CT, all that is going to be on the bottom floor as well as the pediatric ER," Dr. Edward Clark, chairman of pediatrics, said.
Rooms with forest and tree house designs aim to take a child's mind off of their illness as doctors focus on making them better. “The CT is almost like you are in a fish tank surrounded by fish. Even the CT machine is wrapped in what appears to be the aquarium type atmosphere," said Clark.
Perhaps the best part for kids will be getting to drive the sports car of their choice to procedures. It's just one of many changes that families in middle and south Georgia can expect. “In the neonatal intensive care unit for example we are moving from an environment of 56 beds to an environment of 66 beds and we are increasing our capacity in space from 17,000 square feet to 50 thousands square feet," said Rodriguez.
"It's going to impact the healthcare of children of middle Georgia and surrounding counties greatly," Dr. Edward Clark, chairman of pediatrics at Navicent Health, said. "It's going to bring all of our services together, starting with the neo-natal intensive care unit."
According to the hospital's website, the Navicent Health Foundation has $20 million in a legacy fund that'll be used for the project. The foundation's board agreed to seek an additional $20 million in donations to match the legacy fund.