First Patient Moves into New MU Children's Hospital
COLUMBIA - The ambulance rolled into the garage of the new University of Missouri Children's Health Center Tuesday.
Medics opened the back door and wheeled out cancer patient Shayden Talbert.
Nine year old Shayden wore a bemused look as staff members pleasantly greeted him and the medics brought him to his brand new room.
"It's just that there's so much more space," Shayden said, after spending time in the smaller rooms at the old MU Children's center. Shayden's father, Shane, agrees.
"There was just not much room, so... pretty tight quarters. Not that we wanted to come in here, but we look forward to coming over here."
But Shayden's experience was not unique.
He was part of a group of 17 other kids brought to the new center in east Columbia. Together, they make up the center's first patients.
Representatives say the center cost 12 million dollars and took nearly two years to build.
But the center's Medical Director Dr. Timothy Fete said a new place does not mean greater cost.
"I don't think there are any changes in our fee schedule whatsoever. I think this really state-of-the-art, what we need to be incorporating in the healing process for all kids," Fete said.
He added that many parts of the facility did not come from Health Center coffers.
"A number of people in organizations have sponsored rooms. So that this room may have been sponsored by an individual who donated $10,000 to name the room after a loved one. So a lot of that cost is picked up by philanthropy in Children's Hospitals," he said.
The Children's center is an additional part to the Columbia Regional Hospital.
Remodeling is scheduled to continue until the middle of 2011.