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Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department at Baystate Children’s Hospital

November 15, 2012

Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department at Baystate Children’s Hospital

Sets New Standard for Kid-Friendly Care


SPRINGFIELD, Nov. 15thThe facilities improvement at Baystate Medical Center took another major step forward today as Baystate, its philanthropic partners and community representatives convened to announce the naming of the Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department at Baystate Children’s Hospital. 


The children’s emergency department (ED), one element of a broader expansion of Baystate’s ED set to open on December 3rd, includes dedicated children’s imaging, assessment and resuscitation areas, as well as a separate waiting room for young patients and their families. Comprising 17 private treatment rooms as well as additional specialty treatment areas, the Sadowsky Family Pediatric ED is the region’s only dedicated pediatric triage and urgent-care area for young people up to age 21.


With colorful and playful décor and accents, child-sized furniture, and images of cartoon characters all around, the children’s ED is intended to make kids feel comforted, soothed and safe even amid urgent health challenges.


“This remarkable, child-focused space has been made possible by the wonderful generosity of the Sadowsky family, to whom we owe so much gratitude,” said Mark R. Tolosky, president and CEO of Baystate Health. “The care that will be provided here for our young patients—for whom an emergency-room visit is already a scary thing—is the most important way we demonstrate to our community that we are here, we are committed, we are ready to meet the needs of children and their families, close to home.” 


The facility’s name attests to the financial support provided for the new ED by the Sadowsky family, among the leading philanthropic donors in western Massachusetts and longtime champions of children’s health. In addition to many Sadowsky family members’ considerable volunteer work with the Baystate Health Foundation and Baystate Children’s Hospital, the family’s generosity is represented in the Sadowsky Center for Children at Baystate’s D’Amour Center for Cancer Care and in other areas of the new MassMutual Wing and Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center at Baystate Medical Center.


“This is a facility dedicated to giving kids everything they need, in their most difficult hour, and we thank the Sadowsky family for their support, their generosity, their commitment,” said Richard B. Steele, Jr., chairman of the Baystate Health Board of Trustees.


“Baystate, with its amazing care providers, is a most powerful force in improving and maintaining the health of the children of our community,” said James P. Sadowsky, who also serves as a trustee for Baystate Health. “Our family has done business in this community for 62 years. Over that time, Baystate has been a constant. An anchor.  On behalf of my family, I share our overwhelming pride and pleasure in supporting this emergency department for children, and I am proud that the Sadowsky family name is tied to this incredible resource for children in western Massachusetts.”   


The children’s ED, accessible from Springfield Street, is part of a major expansion of the overall ED at Baystate Medical Center. The new facility encompasses 72,000 square feet, more than three times the size of the hospital’s current ED, and will offer twice the number of private, adult patient-care spaces, scaled-up trauma care resources for the region’s only Level 1 and pediatric trauma center, and a private, quiet, secure environment for emergency behavioral-health care.


The expanded ED will feature 10 ambulance bays and a rooftop helipad for speedy access to lifesaving care for emergency medical crews and their patients.


“Our patients will experience a level of comfort, and privacy, and solace, that hasn’t been present in our ED for a long time,” said Dr. Niels Rathlev, chair of Emergency Medicine at Baystate Medical Center. ”Nowhere is that more important than in pediatric emergency care.”


“Our promise to a child—that everything is going to be ok—is our mission, our obligation to this community,” said Dr. Lindsey Grossman, chair of Pediatrics at Baystate Children’s Hospital. “In this space, you are empowering our fulfillment of that mission, and enabling better health for all our children.”