Nashville, Tenn. — is celebrating the grand opening of its new, dedicated pediatric hematology/oncology and stem cell transplant unit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, September 28, at 4 PM. Childhood cancer specialists will provide enhanced, comprehensive pediatric cancer care in the new HEPA-filtered and positive pressure unit, thus reducing the risk of infection and allowing children to explore outside of their room during their hospital stay.
"It is inspiring to work with such strong children and their families. We created a space where a child can feel like a child while receiving cutting-edge therapies," said Dr. Haydar Frangoul, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist with TriStar Children's Hospital and Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Centennial. "As part of Sarah Cannon's Blood Cancer Network, we offer comprehensive, personalized care, including blood and marrow transplants, with the highest levels of quality, training and technology to ensure our patients get access to the latest treatments in their blood cancer journey."
Established to treat infants, children, adolescents and young adults, the new 20,000 square-foot 11-bed unit also houses a dedicated playroom to make a child's stay feel more like the comfort of their own home. A family area is located just steps away where parents can utilize sleeping, showering and laundry services. Childlife specialists assist patients' emotional and cognitive needs, as well as provide family-centered care during the initial diagnosis and milestones of hospitalization.
"Our department acts as an extended family in a friendly environment and prides itself on being easily accessible to patients, families and their pediatricians," said Dr. Jennifer Domm, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist with The TriStar Children's Hospital and Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Centennial. "Finding out that your child has cancer is news that no parent should ever have to hear. Dr. Frangoul and I are committed to ensuring each child we treat has access to the best possible treatment options and therapies in supporting our patient's journey on the road to remission."
As partners of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the world-wide, premier children's cancer research organization supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), The Children's Hospital pediatric hematologist/oncologists collaborate with scientists across the world to discover advanced treatment options including participation in clinical trials and the development of therapeutics for children with cancer. The Children's Hospital's goal is to find cures and eliminate childhood cancer, improving outcomes not only for its patients, but helping other patients and physicians in its international network.
For more information about The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial or its pediatric hematology/oncology services, visit thechildrenshospitalnashville.com or call (615) 342-7339. The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial offers comprehensive pediatric subspecialty services for the Greater Nashville Area TriStar Health hospitals including TriStar Centennial Medical Center, TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center, TriStar Horizon Medical Center, TriStar Skyline Medical Center, TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and TriStar Summit Medical Center.