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Prepping for Flu Season: CHLA Renovating and Reactivating Hospital Wing to Accommodate Increased Patient Volume

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17-bed project will help create capacity during peak months

Last winter, the United States experienced one of the worst influenza
(flu) seasons in nearly a decade. Thousands of children ended up in
hospitals across the country, including at Children's
Hospital Los Angeles
(CHLA), which set new records for inpatient
census – the total number of patients admitted on a given day – during
this period.

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In 2011, the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion replaced the Mary Duque Building as the primary lo ...

In 2011, the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion replaced the Mary Duque Building as the primary location for acute care at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. (Photo by Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

In preparation for the upcoming 2018-2019 flu season, and to help manage
patient admissions that continue to increase every year, CHLA has
greenlighted a short-term construction project to renovate and
reactivate 17 patient beds in the hospital's Mary Duque Building.

"As a crucial medical resource to families throughout Southern
California and beyond, we cannot and should not be turning away children
during the busiest months of the year," says Nancy Lee, RN, MSN, NEA-BC,
CHLA's senior vice president and chief clinical officer. "As our total
patient visits have risen from 486,000 a year to nearly 568,000 in the
last three years, this is a critical step we must take to fulfill our
mission of helping every patient who needs us."

Built in 1968, the Duque Building served as part of CHLA's main hospital
complex until the opening of the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion in
2011. Today, while it still contains some clinical, surgical and
inpatient areas, the building primarily houses medical staff offices and
administrative space. The roughly $2 million construction project, which
is taking place in the east wing of Duque's fourth floor, covers
renovations essential to resuming inpatient care there.

Along with new beds will come other upgrades, including new
physiological monitors, a new nurse call system, a new pneumatic tube
transfer system and upgraded network infrastructure to bring the wing up
to current hospital standards. All but two rooms will have single beds
and, similar to other inpatient areas of Children's Hospital Los
Angeles, each room will have pull-out beds that parents can use to spend
the night with their child. The goal is to have the floor ready for the
first patient admission by November this year.

Once renovations are finished, pending approval by inspectors from
California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Department of
Public Health, the total number of active beds at CHLA will increase to
391 (from 374). This extra inpatient space will be available until 2030,
when stricter hospital earthquake compliance rules take effect across
the state. CHLA has already invested about $7 million in seismic
upgrades to the Duque Building and an adjacent facility, the McAlister
Building, which houses clinics, an infusion center and administrative
offices. In 2030, both would be required to either undergo additional
seismic retrofitting, redeploy as non-clinical space, or be replaced
completely.

About Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Founded in 1901, Children's
Hospital Los Angeles
is ranked the top children's hospital in
California and sixth in the nation for clinical excellence with its
selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.
Clinical care is led by physicians who are faculty members of the Keck
School of Medicine of USC through an affiliation dating from 1932. The
Saban Research Institute
encompasses basic, translational and
clinical research conducted at CHLA. For more information, follow us on Twitter,
Facebook,
LinkedIn
and Instagram,
and visit our child health blog (CHLA.org/blog)
and our research blog (ResearCHLABlog.org).

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