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New Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital aims to be family-friendly

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Nov 13, 2012 2:47 PM

(Hershey) -- A new, multi-million-dollar children's hospital in Dauphin County aims to keep families involved as much as possible in the treatment of sick children.

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The six-floor Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital has patient rooms big enough to fit entire families, while also providing games, TVs, and other distractions to help kids take their minds off their hospital stay.

Medical Director Doctor Craig Hillemeier was on hand to help dedicate the building at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

He says it will have state-of-the-art technology to help provide care close to home. "We have over 150 specialists, Board-certified in children's pediatric care, and really provide virtually anything. There's really no reason for a child to have to leave central Pennsylvania."

Hillemeier says the $207 million facility is designed to accommodate a wide range of treatments, and has five operating rooms, an intensive care unit, and a radiology area.

It will open its doors to patients in January.

Tomorrow on Morning Edition, hear from a Harrisburg family who has ties to the hospital and was on hand to help dedicate it.

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