Last Saturday evening, April 29, 2017, Mrs. Tiedemann and I were privileged to attend the Beacon Children’s Hospital Dedication Ceremony Gala.
The new, state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot facility has been in the planning and construction stages for the past five years. The $50 million dollar facility will begin receiving and treating patients in May. This is truly a regional community children’s hospital serving patients from a 15-county area in Indiana and Michigan. It can handle about 95% of the medical needs of most patients.
Mrs. Tiedemann and I are very excited to see this new facility open. As many of you know our 7-year-old grandson Adler Bear Carris received his chemo treatments, over a 15-month period in the older Memorial Children’s Hospital facility. Unfortunately Adler also needed several overnight visits to the hospital and these visits were not always in the best of conditions. The facility was crowded, HVAC worked poorly, etc. The new facility has corrected all these old conditions and patients should be very comfortable in the new surroundings.
The former Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit headed by Dr. Colleen Morrison was housed in a converted adult ward. The children’s playroom was a converted patient bedroom and the nurse’s station was located away from the actual patient rooms…Not the best arrangement. The new and expanded Hematology-Oncology Unit is state-of-the-art and able to serve its patients much more effectively and efficiently.
We are so grateful that we could play a small role in this project. Our family has made a financial commitment to the development of the new hospital. We have also attempted, with a certain degree of success, to get others to do the same. I’m pleased that others in the community see the need to provide outstanding medical services to our children and grandchildren.
The commitment of these funds has also provided our family some “naming” opportunities for grandson Adler. In the hospital atrium you’ll find one of the resting benches and the Therapeutic Bridge have been named in honor of Adler’s courageous battle with his inoperable brain cancer.
The evening’s festivities were held on the 5th and 6th floors of the new facility. With a focus on the new two-story atrium, there was an array of activities available throughout the evening. The highlight of which included remarks by Phil Newbold, President of Beacon Health Systems, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Dan Morrison, Beacon Health Systems Board Chairman. The enthusiasm for the new hospital by these gentlemen was very noticeable and appreciated by the crowd.
Situated throughout the two floors were tables of delightful food and deserts prepared by Kurt Janowsky’s catering company and several beverage stations that were pouring wines, either produced or distributed by Tiedemann Wines.
The evening’s Gala was the first in a series of events to be hosted on behalf of the new Children’s Hospital. Given the opportunity, I highly recommend that you visit the new facility and tour as much of it as you can.
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