(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford Children's Hospital welcomed patients today to its new pediatric hospital that is designed to look like a castle, inside and out. The patients moved from the existing pediatric unit located within the walls of Sanford USD Medical Center to the new, free-standing children's hospital affectionately called a "Castle of Care." Every detail within the new Sanford Children's Hospital has been designed with children and families in mind, from the castle-like exterior and interior, to the whimsical artwork and design details integrated throughout the entire building.
"This new, 146-bed children's hospital provides a stat-of-the art environment tailored to children. From color schemes to artwork and physical structure, the entire five-story building has been designed to promote healing and improve outcomes," stated H. Eugene Hoyme, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Sanford Children's Hospital.
Legend of Sanford Castle
Every floor withing the hospital represents a different theme, building upon the fictitious characters introduced in "The Legend of Sanford Castle." This children's story and coloring book, written by Michael Green and illustrated by Sara Weingartner especially for Sanford Children's Hospital, will be given to every child upon admission. It describes five different lands and animals found around Sanford Castle.
Respectively, each of the five levels within Sanford Children's Hospital is modeled around each of these five lands, from hallways and ceilings to murals above every bed:
About Sanford Children’s Hospital
A part of the Sanford Health & MeritCare system, Sanford Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of pediatric care in its region. Located in Sioux Falls, SD, the 146-bed Sanford Children’s Hospital includes 76 general pediatric beds, as well as 58 neonatal intensive care beds and 12 pediatric intensive care beds, all in private family suites. With more than 200 pediatric and family medicine physicians and more than 350 pediatric-trained staff, Sanford Children’s provides inpatient, outpatient and clinic services for pediatric patients and their families in a family-centered environment designed to meet the unique healing needs of children. A leader in children’s healthcare for nearly a century, Sanford Children’s will continue to revolutionize healthcare with this facility, as it will serve as a home base for several new pediatric clinics to be built around the world in the near future. For more information, visit www.sanfordchildrens.org.
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