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Published on March 11, 2013

MU Children's Hospital Celebrates New NICU Patient Waiting Area With Open House

COLUMBIA, Mo. ― University of Missouri Children’s Hospital will celebrate the opening of a new waiting area for its newborn intensive care unit with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 404 Keene St.

“Many of the newborns we care for in our intensive care unit require extended stays before they are able to go home,” said John Pardalos, M.D., a neonatologist at MU Children’s Hospital and medical director of the hospital’s pediatric transport service. “This new waiting area will provide an environment for the families of these little patients at a time when they need comfort and support.”

At a cost of more than $80,000, the new waiting area will provide a home-like atmosphere and includes a living room, kitchen, two flat screen televisions and shower facilities. The funds to create the new family area were donated by Pascale’s Pals, a non-profit corporation developed to benefit the children cared for at MU Children's Hospital, and their families.

“Pascale’s Pals has been a huge supporter of our hospital for years,” said Keri Simon, executive director of MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital. “We are very appreciative of the generosity they have shown us, but more importantly, we appreciate what they have done for our patients and their families.”

MU Children's Hospital is mid-Missouri's largest and most comprehensive pediatric health care facility. With over 30 pediatric subspecialties, inpatient and intensive care units and child life therapy, as well as teams equipped and dedicated solely to transporting infants and children, the hospital serves patients from every county in the state, and beyond.