Melissa Byrne Nelson 
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Re: “One More Catch

Great - sounds like we agree. Maybe it will be built downtown right near the MCV / VCU campus. If that's the best place to put it, I hope they build it there.. My comments were to just clarify the current construction projects at VCU regarding pediatrics.

Don't forget - VCU voted in favor of building an independent freestanding children's hospital . That debate is over ...

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Posted by Melissa Byrne Nelson on 10/02/2014 at 10:07 PM

Re: “One More Catch

Just to clarify what is currently being built for children and what the children's hospital will bring... VCU is building a Children's Pavilion. It's an outpatient space with lots of room for parking. We need more outpatient space for pediatrics at VCU in the short run, but when the children's hospital is built, those outpatient services/offices will be developed in the freestanding children's hospital. "Children's hospitals" have outpatient, inpatient, ORs and and ER - complete care for a child when they are sick. This is not the goal of the Pavilion and isn't currently available for children in Central Virginia. The good news is - VCU's adult patients are desperately short on space - Massie Cancer Center could really use the Pavilion for it's outpatient care / parking.. Ask anyone involved with Massie Cancer Center. So the Children's Pavilion could be re-purposed for adult patients once the Children's Hospital is built. As for Brook Road - the Virginia Treatment Center for Children is scheduled to build a much needed psychiatric / mental health hospital for children. We really need a facility for children's mental health needs in Central Virginia. But you wouldn't bring a child with severe asthma there... Just like you won't bring a child with acute appendicitis to the Pavilion...
Fortunately, the debate regarding '' do we need a children's hospital'' is over - VCU , Bon Secours and the physicians in the community all agree that we need one.. The question now is where to put it..

One final comment - VCU will be the academic partner for the freestanding, independent children's hospital. They are the big winners in this children's hospital project. Just like Harvard is Boston Children's Hospitals partner and University of Cincinnati is Cincinnati Children's Hospital's partner. So our children will be the biggest winners, but VCU's medical school and pediatrics department / pediatric research initiatives are big big winners as well ( and Massie Cancer Center / VCU get the space they desperately need for adult patients )...

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Posted by Melissa Byrne Nelson on 10/02/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “2. William H. Goodwin Jr.

Well said, Kim... I hope our community really turns out for VCUs public forum on Aug 22nd and supports this vision.

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Posted by Melissa Byrne Nelson on 08/14/2013 at 9:34 AM

Re: “The Diagnosis

Wayne... I too thought it was location that has stopped this hospital from being built. Unfortunately, it's not. Remember who commissioned the site study over the past year. The Children's Hospital Foundation. And they used VCU as the center of the universe. The study revealed multiple good, feasible sites. VCU's hospital administration saw the study results. So did I. The site is not the problem. Really. There are feasible sites that VCU and PACKids would gladly support. The current Brook Road campus is a perfect example of a site that would work.
Sadly, it's about money. That's it. Scott described it very well. It's about financial independence.

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Posted by Melissa Byrne Nelson on 04/05/2013 at 3:19 PM

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