SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A hospital can be one of the scariest places for a child. But Baystate Medical Center is hoping to change all that with a new emergency department just for kids, a first and only in Western Massachusetts.
From the cartoon characters painted on a glass wall in the waiting room to brightly colored floors and walls in the exam rooms, it’s a place to make children feel comfortable even when they’re in pain. Dr. Lindsey Grossman, Chair of Pediatrics at Baystate Children’s Hospital, said it makes a huge difference in treating a child quickly and effectively if you can take the scary out of the ER setting.
“If you don’t, you’re not going to get cooperation,” said Grossman.”The child is going to be in more distress. The family’s going to more in distress. You’re not going to be able to make the child better in a way that you would otherwise.”
Grossman says another difference is making this just a place for kids and their family. The old ER was also for adults and had only a small section for children. It will be named the Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department at Baystate Children’s Hospital. Baystate Trustee James Sadowsky talked about why his family made a generous donation to build it.
“The facilities here are excellent,” James Sadowsky, Baystate Trustee. “The care is excellent. But it was certainly was undersized for the amount of people coming in here. And so in my mind, to have a place like this for my kids and grand kids is fantastic.”
“The children are our future, the future of our community,” he said.
Along with a new ER department for adults, the pediatric ER opens December 3.