Albuquerque Journal

Games, Toys May Ease Stay

Lovelace Westside Hospital Reopens With PlayStations in Rooms

By Rosalie Rayburn/Journal Staff Writer

    Getting sick is no fun for a kid, but having a PlayStation in the room can sure take your mind off what hurts.

    Lovelace Westside Hospital’s newly reopened pediatric unit boasts colorful patient rooms equipped with the popular video game-playing technology, refrigerators and comfy chairs that fold out into beds so family members can stay with their young ones.

    “There is nothing more important than taking care of our kids,” hospital CEO Troy Greer told community members and local elected officials at a ribbon cutting on Wednesday.

    Greer said the eight-bed, five-room children’s facility is now the only inpatient pediatric unit on the West Side. The hospital, at Golf Course and McMahon, is also close to southern Rio Rancho.

    It will be staffed with pediatric physicians and specialized nurses who can care for children from infants to adolescents for conditions such as respiratory or chronic illnesses, fractures, post-surgery and asthma.

    Amenities include a room equipped with a tub for children who don’t like showers and a playroom where they can choose toys from a builtin chest, said Katrina Morgan, director of nursing for Lovelace Westside.

    She said patients will be able to take the toys home with them after their stay, to minimize the spread of infection.

    The 2,200-square-foot area on the hospital’s second floor was originally designated for inpatient pediatric care when the facility opened as St. Joseph West Mesa Hospital in 1984. Pediatric care and some other hospital functions were shifted to different St. Joseph hospitals in Albuquerque during the 1990s.

    Ardent Health Services bought the St. Joseph Healthcare hospitals and Lovelace Health System in 2003.

    Since 2002, Ardent has put more than $30 million in the Westside hospital expanding services and renovating existing facilities. The pediatric unit is the latest phase, Greer said.

Rebecca Gallegos, manager of the pediatric unit at Lovelace Westside Hospital at 10501 Golf Course NW, sets up equipment in one of the rooms. 

At the ribbon cutting for the Lovelace Westside Hospital inpatient pediatric unit are, (with scissors from left) pediatric unit medical director Rebecca Webb, hospital CEO Troy Greer, Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack, center, and Mike McCabe of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

Source: Albuquerque Journal



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