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Nemours Launches Hospital Preview Center to Showcase Family-Centered Care and Innovation

Facility opens to introduce Nemours Children's Hospital

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011


Nemours, one of the nation’s premier pediatric health systems, today announces the public opening of the Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH) Preview Center which is located at 9145 Narcoossee Road, Suite A102 in Orlando, FL. The facility will introduce the new hospital to the community and showcase the transformation of family-centered pediatric care delivery in the 21st century. The NCH Preview Center will also serve as a test site for technology, equipment and furnishings, as well as a place to recruit quality professionals and support the training and orientation of new hospital personnel.

“This is an exciting day for Nemours and the patient-families that have helped us design the preview center and hospital,” said Roger Oxendale, CEO, Nemours Children’s Hospital and Senior Vice President of Nemours. “Parents are experts at caring for their own children and we continue to listen to their needs. This new test-bed of ideas exemplifies how together as a team, we can produce efficiencies and better outcomes for medically complex children.”

The NCH Preview Center illustrates the integration between Nemours’ family-centered model of care and the hospital/clinic architecture that will support the delivery of education, research and advocacy. In family-centered care, parents are deeply involved in their child’s care by partnering with doctors and nurses, eliminating the old model of authority driven decision making. The innovative designs and technology in the NCH Preview Center support this partnership and create an environment that enhances communication between the family and caregiver, improves the quality and safety of patient care, and helps parents and children feel comfortable and in control.

Visitors to the new facility will be able to explore full-scale hospital replicas of an outpatient exam room, Emergency Department (ED) room, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) inpatient room and a Medical Surgical inpatient room. Beginning February 18, the NCH Preview Center will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Nemours is currently building a top-tier pediatric health care system in Orlando that began in June 2009. The 630,000-square-foot children’s hospital located in Lake Nona’s Medical City will open in 2012 with 95 beds and potential capacity of up to 139 beds, a children’s clinic, ED, diagnostic and ambulatory programs along with education and research centers.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.