Melissa Byrne Nelson 
Member since Apr 5, 2013

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Re: “The Hospital Standoff

To build a children's hospital, the average cost per bed is 2 million dollars. The national Children's Hospital Association and several consulting firms who have studied our region believe our area would support a 150 bed children's hospital.

The Children's Hospital Foundation is the primary philanthropic support for VCU's pediatric department. They support VCU pediatric faculty through retention and recruitment. It is my hope that they would continue to use our community's money through their foundation ( somewhere around $150million) support VCU's pediatric's department.

Fortunately, we are not trying to do something unique in Richmond. We have examples all over the country of communities consolidating pediatrics and working collaboratively to provide their children with the best possible care. Many of those cities have offered their support. Chairmen of pediatric departments from some of the top children's hospitals have offered to come and help find solutions for Richmond. Hopefully, with continued dialogue - we can find solutions and a path forward with VCU and Bon Secours. I believe our children deserve our best efforts.

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Posted by Melissa Byrne Nelson on 08/05/2015 at 9:30 PM

Re: “The Hospital Standoff

For Bob W, thank you for making those comparisons. VCU would be the preferred academic partner..Academic institution's pediatric departments are greatly improved when affiliated with children's hospitals. Hopefully, our local university will decide to collaborate like the academic partners you sited.

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Posted by Melissa Byrne Nelson on 08/04/2015 at 11:35 PM

Re: “The Hospital Standoff

A correction: the hospital won't cost a billion dollars.. VCU's administration has used that number to mount their case against a children's hospital.

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Posted by Melissa Byrne Nelson on 08/04/2015 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Hospital Shocker

The children's hospital that is being proposed would include both in-patient and extensive out-patient care. Think of it as a campus - a center where children would come from around the region for their healthcare needs.
The Pavillion that VCU has built can be switched to a Pavillion for any number of adult projects at VCU.. Think Massey, Alzheimer's , etc.. It's much needed space for other things at VCU.

Posted by Melissa Byrne Nelson on 06/11/2015 at 9:53 AM

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

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