PROVIDENCE – A $35 million renovation at Hasbro Children’s Hospital is now underway. State officials joined hospital leaders Tuesday morning to announce details of the project, which so far has raised more than $25 million.
Sweeping improvements include clinical and aesthetic updates, encompassing the emergency department, exam rooms, work stations and open space for families and patients.
Work at Hasbro, which is part of the Lifespan Corp. system, is expected to be complete by early 2022.
“This is truly an exciting time for Hasbro Children’s and for Lifespan,” said Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, Lifespan’s CEO and president, in prepared remarks. “These renovations will ensure that our physical environment matches the level of care we provide, while also enabling us to retain top talent and continue to attract the best and brightest to Rhode Island.”
Renovations to the hospital’s emergency department include expanding its capability to care for children suffering from a psychiatric emergency or mental illness. Updates are designed to help the department, which sees more than 53,000 patient visits annually, manage a rising number of patients with behavioral issues.
Other renovations are planned for inpatient rooms, nurse stations, surgery suites and the intensive care unit.
Additional space is planned for the hospital’s oncology and hematology clinic to accommodate more infusion therapy patients, as well as upgrades to its inpatient oncology unit.
Primary-care spaces are slated for updates as well, along with Hasbro’s lobbies and waiting areas.
Changes to patient rooms include renovated bathrooms, new furnishings and lighting. A central point of entry and redesigned registration desk is planned for the hospital’s ambulatory clinic, and nursing stations will be opened up to streamline technology use and communication.
“When we embarked on this ambitious campaign three years ago, we set out to revamp Hasbro Children’s into the pediatric hospital of tomorrow,” said Dr. Margaret Van Bree, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “This truly remarkable progress has been made possible by so many caring and compassionate people who only want the best for our kids.”
The project is funded through the hospital’s Every Child, Every Day campaign. Donations include $2.5 million from the Yawkey Foundation for the emergency department, and more than $2 million from the Champlin Foundation to go toward work throughout the hospital.
Dimeo Construction Company has been contracted to execute and oversee construction.
Elizabeth Graham is a PBN staff writer. She can be reached at Graham@PBN.com.
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