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Give Today For Their Tomorrows

We made a promise to help all children, now and in the future.

At Cook Children's, we believe that all children deserve extraordinary, life-impacting care. The spaces, equipment and technology in our new South Tower are recent examples of how we do just that.

Always looking ahead

Cook Children's is constantly looking at the most efficient and effective ways to care for our patients and allocate our resources. Our approach to building the new South Tower at Cook Children's Medical Center is no different from how we plan to meet the growing needs of our community now, and in the future.

The South Tower houses a modernized Emergency Department and Lab. It also features larger operating rooms containing the latest technology and a new Heart Center and Behavioral Health Center so we can expand our current programs to better accommodate and treat our patients.

An expanded Emergency Department

Our Emergency Department currently sees more than 120,000 patients a year. Until the expansion, this often meant wait times up to several hours during peak times, like flu season.

The newly renovated and expanded Nenetta Burton Carter Emergency Department, which opened in August 2016, is designed to lessen wait times for patients. It has more, and larger, exam rooms and a superior layout and design to better accommodate the existing – and future – volume of patients.

Leading-edge operating suites

The operating rooms on the new surgical floor are integrated surgical suites with more advanced technology than was not previously possible due to size constraints in the older operating rooms. Patient electronic records and imaging and pathology reports are directly accessible in real time to surgeons in the operating room. This allows our surgeons to be more efficient and make more informed surgical plans.

A more efficient Heart Center

The new Heart Center, which opened in March 2017, allows for all cardiology services to be located together. This includes all diagnostic testing areas, operating rooms, the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and cardiac step-down area.

Bringing these functions all together allows for improved patient outcomes and efficiencies in their treatments.

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A growing need for behavioral health services

The Rees-Jones Behavioral Health Center at Cook Children's opened in March 2017. Our staff cares for children experiencing behavioral, neurodevelopmental and emotional challenges, such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders.

Over the past several years, we have experienced exponential growth in the demand for behavioral health services. This new center allows us to better serve this delicate patient population by uniting and expanding our inpatient psychiatric unit and partial hospitalization program.

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As we continue to grow, your help is more vital than ever in providing the life-saving equipment, program enhancements and the level of care that our patients and families deserve. We consider you a partner in our Promise.

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