MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) celebrated its newly-renovated Pediatric Perioperative Suite on White 3 – a space outfitted with modern technologies that focus on the pediatric perspective – with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 16.

“This state-of-the-art pediatric perioperative suite will present a safe and pleasant environment for our pediatric patients and their families,” says Erik Shank, MD, division chief of Pediatric Anesthesia.

A glass-printed mural of the iconic Boston Common “Make Way for Ducklings” statue welcomes patients and their families into an expansive waiting room that houses age-appropriate toys, touch-screen tablets and cozy alcoves for seating. A dedicated, quiet space aimed at making the perioperative experience less anxiety-provoking for children with sensory sensitivities and developmental disabilities is located adjacent to the waiting room.

The 21,000-square-foot area – just steps away from the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) – now offers four perioperative bays equipped with interactive LED light boards. The dancing colors, confetti and balloons create a calming distraction for children as they prepare for and recover from surgery.

Three new pediatric operating rooms incorporate the latest technologies – such as high definition surgical booms that allow for better visualization and increased access to the patient – into all aspects of patient care and increase MGHfC’s ability to perform minimally invasive surgeries to improve recovery times.

“MGHfC prides itself on providing our patients with the highest level of pediatric surgical care available anywhere,” said Allan Goldstein, MD, MGHfC surgeon-in-chief and chief of Pediatric Surgery. “The perioperative suite’s modernization significantly enhances the experience for children and their families during an otherwise difficult time while giving our exceptional clinicians access to the latest advances in surgical care.” 

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