On Tuesday, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital began construction on the first building in Phase One of the hospital’s Boise master plan.
“The project being constructed here is a four-story medical office building for St. Luke's Children’s Hospital. It also includes 3 stories of underground parking,” says architect Gary Sorensen.
The new Children's Pavilion Center will sit on Jefferson Street and B Avenue and will house nearly 50 providers and 20 specialists.
The building will include a centralized check-in, sibling care center and a demonstration kitchen.
“A lot of our patients have special dietary needs and we can bring them down and teach them to cook for their dietary need,” explains Executive Medical Director of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Dr. Kathryn Beattie.
Along with new features and more staff, the children's pavilion consolidates doctors and specialists spread out around town into one location.
“I think it is hard on the patient, its not very relaxing and healing for them if they have to be constantly spending their time at the doctor. Also these kids, they are often getting pulled out of school and their activities,” says Dr. Beattie.
“11-year-olds are learning algebra and English, he is learning how to sit still for a blood draw,” says 11-year-old Kyle Bean’s mother, Spring Bean.
Kyle Bean has been battling numerous health issues his entire life.
“He has had three open -heart surgeries, a couple of bowl resections and he has had lots of surgery to his ears, tubes and reconstruction, and lots of things but he is doing pretty well right now,” says Spring Bean.
Bean and her son shuffle between different appointments around town three to four times a week, sometimes having to travel to different hospitals around the country.
“We are just everywhere trying to piece together the services for him, so it would be really great if we could just go to one spot and be there without having to drive around it would save us a lot of time,” says Bean.
That will likely be the case once construction on the children’s pavilion is complete.
“We could see them all on the same day and they just move throughout one building,” says Dr. Beattie.
Bean says this would mean Kyle will miss less school and leave her more time to spend with the rest of the family.
“When I travel and I have to leave the family at home that is hard because they have to do school and work and things that they are involved in. I always worry, I feel so divided because I can’t take care of my kids at home and my child with special needs.”