The last year was a momentous one for our health system. In November, we took the first step in creating a centralized hospital campus when our pediatric services relocated to our temporary home for Children's Hospital at University Hospital.
I recently rounded on the various units at our University Hospital campus where our pediatric services have temporarily relocated. It was clear how much preparation and foresight went into making the move a success. Nearly two dozen departments collaborated to move our Children's Hospital services. Thank you to every staff member, provider and administrator who worked so hard to make the Nov. 16 move day a success.
I was joined by Christina Hoff-Vollrath, DNP, RN, NE-BC, executive director of Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital. During the visit, we spoke with a young girl with cystic fibrosis on our pediatric inpatient unit. When asked how move day went, she and her mother said it was perfect. It was so great to hear that positive feedback.
We stopped by our pediatric gym, the pediatric ICU, the children's cancer and blood disorder unit, our procedure suite, the post-anesthesia care unit and the Emergency Room. (View the map on page 7 of this resource guide to get an idea of where these areas are located.) At each stop, I was inspired by the care and compassion of our providers.
I am so proud of our teams who helped us achieve this major milestone in bringing our inpatient services to one centralized campus. While move day was quite an accomplishment, it was just one step on our path toward a centralized hospital campus.
Every day we see progress at the construction site of our new Children's Hospital and Birthing Center as it gets closer to taking shape. Did you know you can see a live view of the construction site at this link?
Over the next two years, teams will continue to diligently work to build our new Children's Hospital and Birthing Center. When it opens in 2024, it will be a state-of-the-art home for our children's services and will bring all of our inpatient services together on one campus.
In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding as construction continues. I know it is not ideal to contend with traffic congestion and noise disruptions, but these temporary inconveniences will soon mean we will have a brand-new tower to deliver the best, most coordinated care to our patients.
Rick Barohn, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
University of Missouri