New Unit Will Allow Children in Southwest Salt Lake Valley to Be Treated Closer to Home
RIVERTON, UT – For the first time in its history, Primary Children’s Medical Center will offer pediatric inpatient services apart from its main Salt Lake campus.
Construction begins this week at Riverton Hospital on a new 30-bed pediatric inpatient unit housed on the fourth floor of the patient tower. The new unit means that children and families who once had to travel 45 minutes or longer to Primary Children’s Medical Center will now be able to stay closer to home for their care.
“Nearly 40 percent of our patients come from this part of the valley,” says Joe Mott, CEO of Primary Children’s Medical Center. “Adding inpatient services to complement the outpatient services we currently offer in Riverton is not only the right thing for Primary Children’s to do, it’s the right thing for our patients, too.”
The unit will be operated by Riverton Hospital and managed by Primary Children’s Medical Center and will provide care for children who undergo low acuity procedures but may need to be monitored overnight or longer.
Treated by Primary Children’s doctors and nurses, patients will have access to the same expert and compassionate care they’ve come to expect at the main campus of Primary Children’s. They’ll also have access to Primary Children’s renowned Child Life Services, a program staffed by specially trained nurses that helps children feel more comfortable during a hospital stay.
Pediatric hospitalists — physicians specializing in hospital medicine — will be available around the clock to ensure continuity of care.
“We’re excited to be able to partner with Primary Children’s to offer these services to our community,” says Blair Kent, CEO of Riverton Hospital. “They set the standard for pediatric care in Utah and we’re thrilled that children and families will soon be able to receive this level of care in their own neighborhood.”
Construction on the unit will kick off at a beam-signing event Friday, March 5, at noon in the construction area on Riverton Hospital’s fourth floor. Employees will be invited to leave their mark by signing one of the support beams at the construction site.