DAYTON — The Dayton Children’s patient tower has its one-year anniversary Monday, and the hospital is celebrating by remembering some of the tower’s first patients and continuing impact.
"We had a great experience at Dayton Children's," Hannah Tincher said in a Dayton Children’s press release.
On July 16, 2017, Tincher's daughter, Jayda, was just a few weeks old when she moved into the newborn intensive care unit inside the patient tower. Weighing only two pounds and nine ounces, Jayda, received care to gain weight and grow strong. A year later, Jayda is giggly and meeting all her growth milestones.
"Each member of the team helped Jayda get bigger and stronger,” Tincher said. “And getting to move into the tower was just icing on the cake."
The 260,000-square-foot tower is part of a long-term campus facilities plan that sets to create a campus that meets the needs of patients, families and care providers, according to the release.
"Each space inside the new patient care tower was created to embody Dayton Children's unique patient care mission and to facilitate the delivery of world-class pediatric care," Deborah Feldman, president and CEO, said in the release.
The tower has NIC webcams to keep families connected, hosts events to lift spirits, such as tree lightings or solar eclipse viewing parties, and offers entertainment systems and therapy programs, according to Feldman.
In addition, its Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is a combined inpatient and outpatient unit and includes a pharmacy, infusion rooms for chemotherapy and an enhanced patient experience with dedicated child life specialists, according to the release.
The hospital also extends the celebration to the roughly 1,200 people that donated to the Reaching New Heights campaign, which helped the tower become a reality, according to the release.
“When a child is in the hospital, they need more -- and we are proud to be able to offer that," Feldman said.