Seattle Children's covers five states, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Our Neurologist had to leave our room for a few minutes the first night we were in the ER to take a couple calls. She explained that she was talking with a Dr. in Montana about a child and they did not have a neurologist in the area. At that moment, I was pretty thankful to live 25 minutes from this amazing hospital.
They are building a new wing at Children's right now. They are calling the new wing "Building Hope." It will support Cancer, Critical and Emergency Care. It is impressive. I have no doubts that it will be a great comfort to children and their families.
Grammy and I made it a point to leave our hospital room at least once a day. In the halls of the hospital they have a lot of information about the new wing. Below is a story I read. It made me smile.
SEATTLE—For many young patients at Seattle Children's Hospital, getting through each day is a challenge. But, now there's something truly special right out their windows.
Members of Ironworkers Local 86 who work on the construction site are sharing good wishes with kids by painting their names and get well messages on beams that are part of the new building’s structure. For young patients such as four-year-old Julian Blackwell, and 16-year-old Zac Greyling of Des Moines who is battling leukemia, it sends a message of hope.
It all started with Brayden, the teenage son of a friend of a member of the construction crew. When Brayden lost his battle with cancer, they painted his name on that beam.
Children staying in the hospital saw his name painted on the beam, and they began posting their own names in the windows.
Crews said the names should be visible until December when they'll be covered up by the next phase of the building. Until then, the kids whose names are on those beams are the first to tell you, they'll always be a part of that building.