Blythedale Children’s Hospital Makes Move To New, Improved Facility

VALHALLA, N.Y. (CBS 2) — Moving day is always stressful. That’s especially true when you’re trying to transport a hospital full of very sick patients.

CBS 2’s Lou Young was hand as some vulnerable Tri-State Area residents underwent a full-scale evacuation.

Controlled chaos unfolded Tuesday against the steady emergency beep of an empty nurse’s station. Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla is closing its old facility not because of an emergency, but because it’s moving into a brand new building.

The $65 million facility is a big step up that includes spacious individual rooms, each with its own shower, sofa seating, bright lighting and state-of-the-art medical equipment.

A small army of doctors, nurses and therapists had to clear out the dormitory-style hospital rooms of all patients and their belongings. It was the kind of thing every hospital has to plan for — moving patients in emergency situations. In this case, it was 75 profoundly-ill children in which a slip-up could spell disaster.

“We have a lot of children who are on ventilators with multiple lines,” Chief Medical Officer Joelle Mast said. “You really have to be ready to transport them with all their equipment…without any interruption really in the complex medical care that they need.”

The move even required military-style precision, including an incident commander to oversee the undertaking. The destination, however, brightened the day for a lot of sick kids.

The move was completed Tuesday afternoon. The old hospital building is now being sealed off and prepared for renovation.

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  • Pearl Blasser

    WOW!! What a beautiful facility…congratulations to all…..My dear sister Vicki is a volunteer at Blythedale and works with the babies…I think it takes a person with a giant heart with lots of love to give and more important, the ability to be mentally strong. I am so proud of her….she now has me and my 84 year old mother involved in crocheting little blankets for each of the babies. As Vicki says, “every baby should have their own blankie, something that is just theirs.”

  • Vernita Worrell

    Wow Blythedale I did not know this place still was opened. I was here when I was really young. I hated it not because of the place or the staff but because it was to far away from my mommy and my sisters. I remember my room, the classroom and the dining room. I remember going home for Christmas and them coming to pick me up to take me back to Blythedale on Christmas Day. We were not expecting them to come pick me up on Christmas Day. I cried all the way back there. Then I cried more and harder until they told me if I did not stop crying they would give me a needle. Wow it makes me want to cry just thinking about that day. Oh well good luck in your new home Blythedale. Truth be told it was a great place but I was just to young to understand all that was going on there.

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