(KUTV) Dixie Regional Medical Center’s $300 million, 600,000 square foot expansion and consolidation project is one step closer to completion. Phase one of the project opened in March. The east tower of the project, which is considered phase two is set to open in June, and the final phase will then open in the fall.
“New technology, advanced clinical services, and expanding capacity to care for our patients,” Mitchell Cloward, Administrator at Dixie Regional Medical Center, said.
Part of the phase two includes a brand new pediatric unit. This is Dixie Regional’s first pediatrics unit that has been designed specifically for kids from the ground up.
“This has been something we’ve been waiting for, for a really long time,” says McKenzie Reber, a pediatric charge nurse at Dixie Regional.
The new unit will provide care for children of all ages and includes six beds.
“Our daily census usually averages three to four patients, but in the winter months we see up to 12, even 14 patients,” Reber said.
Fortunately, with this new area, they’ll be able to add some additional rooms when needed such as during cold, flu, and RSV season.
“We also have six beds that can be converted for the pediatric unit, or for the neuro-med unit that we share the space with,” Reber said.
Before it opens in June, Dixie Regional is planning to celebrate the brand new center with everyone during a public open house.
- What: Pediatric Unit Open House
- When: May 30th from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Where: Enter through the South Main Entrance at Dixie Regional and follow the signs to the new unit
There will be a tour, a program, and a scavenger hunt for kids.
“The kids can come and get to know what a pediatric unit looks like and feels like so they’re not scared to come to the hospital,” says Reber.
Additional services opening in June include the wound clinic, hyperbaric medicine, rehabilitation services, and an inpatient neuro-surgical unit.
The grand opening for all three phases of the expansion project will be on September 12th.