SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Baystate Children’s Specialty Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its opening Thursday.
The new state-of-the-art facility houses over 15 Baystate Pediatric specialties under one roof. Previously, the hospital’s pediatric specialties were spread across six different locations.
The interim chairwoman of the Department of Pediatrics at Baystate Children’s Hospital told 22News about why bringing all of these specialties together is beneficial.
“You can meet, you can talk, you can in real-time find out what your colleagues and other experts are thinking about a patient’s problem,” said Laura Koenigs, the interim chairwoman for the Department of Pediatrics at Baystate Children’s Hospital. “It also means there is just one place patients need to come.”
The Specialty Center is divided into neighborhoods; each is home to several pediatric specialties. Some of those specialties include: endocrinology and diabetes, gastroenterology and nutrition, neurology, pulmonary medicine, weight management, infectious diseases, adolescent eating disorders, and more.
The facility’s unique bright and colorful design is based on the perspective of a child and their families.
Each year, Baystate sees more than 40,000 children.