Next week Dell Children’s Medical Center will give the public a preview of a $48 million, 72-bed tower that will open May 6 with outdoor healing gardens, the center’s first inpatient rehabilitation unit and expanded services for children with epilepsy.
This third patient tower completes a build-out of the hospital to the 249 beds envisioned when it opened in 2007 at a cost of $200 million at the former Mueller airport. It also comes at a challenging time as hospitals grapple with flattening admissions and federal policies that reward providers who keep patients healthy — and out of the hospital.
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Dell Children’s will mark the opening of a 72-bed tower with a community celebration and concert in the hospital’s healing garden from 1 to 3 p.m. May 4. Music is by the kid-friendly Biscuit Brothers and Joe McDermott.