The hospital is upgrading its inpatient pediatric services so more sick children can get the care they need in their own community and closer to home.
McKenzie-Willamette teamed up with Randall’s Children’s Hospital in Portland to kick off the new program Tuesday. The Portland hospital is helping train new and old staff in Springfield.
There will be new child-friendly facilities along with on-site physicians.
“Physicians who are in house who are easily able to respond if there’s an emergency, if there’s a change in status, who are able to update parents throughout the day in person rather than by phone,” said Dr. Sandra Miller.
Before, there weren’t any designated pediatric beds or hospital physicians dedicated to pediatrics.
Some rooms that used to be spaces for women’s services have now been converted for children from birth to 18 years old.
Doctors also say this will help families from accruing bills at McKenzie-Willamette then travelling to Portland and accruing bills there. Many children can stay in one place.