Kern County celebrated with Bakersfield Memorial Hospital on February 25th for the groundbreaking of the Robert A. Grimm Children’s Pavilion for Emergency Care. Once complete, it will be the only dedicated pediatric emergency department between Los Angeles and Madera and will complete the continuum of care for pediatric patients in our community.
The pavilion will be the latest addition to the Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center that will include eight pediatric intensive care beds and 31 beds for seriously ill infants.
Children in Kern County will soon be able to receive emergency care in a space built especially for them.
Kari Anderson provided a $1 million lead gift for this project in 2011 and made a second gift of $500,000 in October 2014. Mrs. Anderson’s visionary gifts were given in memory of her late husband, Robert A. Grimm. As parents of five children, they knew firsthand the stress of receiving emergency medical care. Mrs. Anderson noted that she was “grateful for the opportunity to help relieve some stress for other mothers and fathers.”
With the establishment of the Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center in 2012, Memorial Hospital took a major step towards realizing its vision of providing comprehensive and specialized pediatric care close to home for children in the community. The Robert A. Grimm Children’s Pavilion for Emergency Care will be the only dedicated pediatric emergency department between Los Angeles and Madera and will complete the continuum of care for pediatric patients in the southern San Joaquin Valley.
The Children’s Pavilion will be located next to the existing emergency department and will feature separate waiting and treatment areas for pediatric patients. It will include a nurse station and will feature an urgent care “fast track” exclusively for children. The child friendly environment will mean shorter wait times for pediatric patients to see a physician. It will also mean that children and their parents will be separated from adult patients with mental health and substance abuse problems.
“This beautiful facility will make a lasting difference for children and families in our community,” said Sue Benham, Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer at Memorial Hospital. “We are profoundly grateful to Kari and her family for their vision and leadership in support of our healing ministry.”
The $4.5 million project will be completed in about 14 months according to S.C. Anderson the managing construction lead. Donors: Kari Anderson (Robert Grimm Family Foundation), Stan and Bonnie Ellis, S.C. Anderson Family Foundation, Pinnacle Emergency Physicians, The Pankey Family, BMH Auxiliary, Children”s Miracle Network, West and Arkelian Foundations, the Giannini Family, Dan and Sally Panero, Madoram Foundation and the Larry Carr Memorial Golf Tournament.
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