HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point Regional is set to open its new Inpatient Pediatric Unit after closing it four years ago.
“High Point Regional has been without pediatrics for a few years and because of that, we've had to send children to other hospitals for care,” Chief of Pediatrics Dr. Robert Poth said.
At the time, closing the unit seemed like a practical financial decision for the hospital, but since 2011, some staff members questioned if that was the best decision for the community.
Poth explained that patients would often ask why the service was not available.
"People get a little discouraged that they can't bring their children here, and of course you worry as a hospital, if they can't take care of their children would they come here for their care,” he said.
Thanks to community donors and the High Point Regional Health Foundation, a financial push was made to open an inpatient pediatric unit.
The foundation presented a check for one million dollars at an open-house event Tuesday.
The money helped renovate a wing on the 5th floor of the hospital to accommodate six private patient rooms for overnight hospital stays.
Families will receive services to accommodate basic illnesses that may require some monitoring in the hospital, such as for asthma, influenza, dehydration, pneumonia, etc.
The Inpatient Pediatric Unit has been built around an “under-the-sea” theme featuring wall murals created by local artist Jeremy Sams.
Cases involving seriously ill children that require more intensive care will still be referred to children’s hospitals.
The Inpatient Pediatric Unit opens Oct. 1 at 8:00 a.m. at High Point Regional.