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Children's Hospital at Dartmouth undergoes $1.8M renovation project

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The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (ChaD) is about to get a nearly $2 million facelift to enhance care for kids.

Jacy Cozby and her dad come to CHaD often. She has leukemia and needs regular care.

"At least three to four times a month. She has to go to the clinic and she is running a fever right now so she has to be here until they take care of that," said Mark Cozby, Weare, N.H.

Her brown bear keeps her company while she's here and there are plenty of distractions.

"She has got quite a few things to do here, board games, play room. They also have the video games," said Cozby.

It's a reminder of home in a hospital setting that doctors say is important and because of that CHaD is getting an upgrade.

"Increasing the ability for families to have respite space and for kids to have appropriate play space which is therapeutic. We are going to reconfigure our unit so the nursing stations are closer to the kids rooms, so they are more efficient and quicker access to the kids who tend to be sicker than they were in the early 90's. And we are also going to enhance the ability of what we call team care," said Dr. Keith Loud, ChaD.

The unit was built more than 20 years ago. These renderings offer a glimpse of what it could look like in the future. And while the technology and treatments offered here will not be changing, the new wing, when complete, will change how the care is delivered.

"A lot of the treatment relates to having people interact with the patients, occupational therapists. Child life specialist who really makes a long way toward children actually healing and not just curing their diseases," said Loud.

Fundraising for the $1.8 million project has begun, but for families increased comfort during uncomfortable times is hard to put a price on.

"They really take care of her and stop her from being bored which is hard to do with a little kid," said Cozby

She's one of thousands in the region treated here every year.

The Medical Center hopes to begin renovations late winter or early spring. It will be done in stages so the kids can continue to receive care.


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