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Seattle Children’s expands with teen, young adult cancer unit


In April, care teams moved patients into new cancer and critical care units in Seattle Children’s Building Hope expansion, which includes the country’s first inpatient cancer unit dedicated to teens and young adults. A new ED in the expansion opened April 23.

The new Adolescent and Young Adult cancer unit includes 16 inpatient beds for teens and young adults. The unit provides a medical home for this age group, with targeted psychosocial support and an age-appropriate environment where patients can connect with their peers. Other unique features of the unit include a therapy gym, patient lounge, rooftop terrace and multidisciplinary care teams that include a dedicated psychologist and child life specialist.

In addition to the critical care and cancer inpatient units, the new ED has 38 exam rooms — 17 more than the old ED — and a new model of care that allows families to be seen by a nurse right away.

The rooms feature amenities, such as adjustable temperature and colored lighting, personal refrigerators and “Get Well Town,” an interactive, Internet-equipped TV entertainment system with access to movies, games and personalized care information. Each inpatient unit also includes a quiet room and family lounge.

Building Hope is expected to use 47% less energy and 30% less water than similar-sized hospitals in the region. Children’s replanted more than 4,000 plants, trees and shrubs, and more than 90% of the demolition debris was diverted from landfills through recycling and material reuse during construction.

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