The Orange Regional Medical Center unveiled a new addition to their hospital Monday.
And as Time Warner Cable News' Jessica Chen shows us, it's all part of a bigger plan to expand the hospital in more ways than one.
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Entering a hospital can often times be a frightening thing, especially for young kids. However, Rob Lee, with Orange Regional Medical Center, said that's about to change.
On Monday, the hospital unveiled their new 10-bed Children's Emergency Department, built to provide a comfortable haven for young patients.
"Over 12,000 patients are pediatrics patients that come through the emergency department, so we needed a special place to see those children," said Lee.
Previously all patients under the age of 18 were seen and treated alongside adults. Now, this 3,000 square-foot area will be staffed 24/7 with nurses, providing care in the child-specific private treatment rooms.
Lee said the Children's Emergency Department is just one step in their overall expansion. He said they also plan to renovate their current pediatric in-patient unit, and build a new pediatric intensive care unit over the next three years.
"We’ll invest about $5 million over the next three years," said Lee.
Lee said the hospital is still looking for funding, but says expansion is on the hospital's mind. Officials are hoping to build a 120,000 square-foot medical office next to the hospital.
"Potentially house medical offices, medical fitness center, and the like," said Lee.
After only receiving $750,000 from their proposed $7 million Empire State Development Grant, Lee said the hospital is only in the planning stages of what will hopefully be more to come.