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UVA Children's Hospital Opens Panera Family Room

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UVA Children's Hospital opened its new room on Dec. 5 UVA Children's Hospital opened its new room on Dec. 5
The $300,000 room was donated by Panera Bread The $300,000 room was donated by Panera Bread
It's intended to be a getaway for families It's intended to be a getaway for families
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The University of Virginia Children's Hospital celebrated the grand opening of the new Panera Family Room on Tuesday, December 5.

The $300,000 space is located on the seventh floor of the medical center near the pediatric intensive care unit and paid for by Panera Bread.

Hospital officials wanted to create a space that's relaxing for families who have children in the hospital.

The family room includes a kitchenette, a space for privacy, and connections for electronic devices.

“It's really important to have a place to be able to walk away for a few minutes to refresh yourself, to regroup, if you will,” says Karin Skeen, associate chief of UVA’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital. “It's OK to have a place to go and cry if you need to cry, and meet with family if that's what you want to have - a meal with family - and to have a room where you can get away that doesn't feel like a hospital and yet you're still just steps away from your child.”

This project was made possible by 16 area Panera Bread locations and its "Change for Children" campaign.