The new University of Virginia Children's Hospital is less than two weeks away from welcoming its first patient. The Medical Center's crews are starting to set up the exam rooms and clinic equipment.
UVA broke ground on the Battle Building three years ago this month. Now, crews are working nonstop to prepare the $140-million hospital for its first patient later this month.
The seven-story Battle Building on West Main Street consolidates clinics spread across more than five different locations around Charlottesville. It connects directly to the parking garage for easy access.
Clinics for patients with similar conditions and treatments are right next to each other. That will allow children to see several doctors under one roof in the same day.
“It's impossible to see different providers in the same day. So by putting them in the same building and putting them near each other, you can actually call up and make an appointment with multiple different specialists and have them all coordinated so you can go from one to the other,” said Dr. James Nataro, UVA Director of Children’s Services.
Each floor contains interactive walls - sort of like a Rubik's Cube. They're based on children's story books.
“Every child has a story. We really wanted to build on that. If you have a special needs child or if you have a non-special needs child, that child has a story. Using the storytelling theme, children can get engaged. It keeps them busy. It helps them relax while they wait for an appointment, and it's just fun,” said Karin League, associate chief of UVA Children’s Hospital.
The Battle Building will open to patients on June 23. The hospital promises to have plenty of helpers on hand to guide patients and parents around.
UVA is opening the Battle Building to the community, parents, and patients for tours this Saturday. The open house starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.
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