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Albuquerque Business First


Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

Now kids can feel comfortable if they have to go to the emergency room at Lovelace Westside Hospital.

The hospital recently finished a $250,000 renovation project that turned four of its emergency department exam rooms into kid-friendly areas that feature flat-screen TVs and penguin-themed murals designed to make patients under 17 feel more comfortable when they visit the 90-bed hospital.

The renovated rooms are themed just like the 2,200-square-foot inpatient pediatric unit the hospital opened in May 2011.

“The whole intent is to provide an atmosphere in which children and their parents are more at ease when they come to the emergency department,” said hospital CEO Farron Sneed.

Kids show up at the emergency room with sprains, respiratory issues and a range of other medical needs, Sneed said.

The renovation of the 17-bed emergency department took three months to complete and was part of an ongoing effort by Lovelace Health System to upgrade the hospital. Since 2003, Lovelace has spent $37.4 million in capital investments at the hospital, including a $2 million renovation of the facade and lobby area in February 2011.

The inpatient pediatric unit can treat respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia or the flu, and doctors can perform outpatient surgeries such as tonsillectomies and treatment of ear, nose and throat problems, Sneed added.

Farron Sneed, CEO of Lovelace Westside Hospital, says the hospital’s emergency room renovation will provide an atmosphere that makes children and their parents feel more comfortable when they come to the emergency department.

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