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Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Celebrates Grand Opening Of 32-Bed Expansion
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Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center

The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, one of the nation’s leading providers of health and quality-of-life services for medically complex children, announced the official grand opening of its $24 million, 32-bed technology-dependent expansion in Yonkers, N.Y. With the opening of the new wing, unveiled at an on-site ceremony attended by State and local officials Thursday, September 7, 2017, the 201,000-square-foot facility now serves a total of 169 children, including 50 technology-dependent children.

As the first in New York State to develop a long-term program for children who are dependent on ventilators in 2006, the Pediatric Center has been a trailblazer for more than 10 years in the delivery of outstanding care for these children, setting the industry standard to its highest level. At its current capacity, the Pediatric Center has become the largest provider of children’s subacute care in the United States.

According the Pediatric Center’s administrators, many admissions to the new wing are coming from out-of-state or far away from their families. This expansion is serving to reunite medically complex children with their families by bringing them closer to “home.”

“Welcoming these 32 children and their families means that we can help reunite those who have been separated by distance and allow them to be true families and not just occasional visitors,” said Pat Tursi, CEO of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center. “Now they will get to celebrate beyond special occasions and will be able to share more readily the joy and value of experiencing day-to-day life together.”

Addressing those in attendance was Keynote Speaker Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins who noted, “From the moment I stood on the grounds [of the Pediatric Center] … from the moment I walked in the door … there was no question, no doubt that the staff, the attitude, the mission, the commitment [and] the capacity was beyond anything else I could have imagined.” Senator Stewart-Cousins praised the outstanding commitment by those who are part of the organization, because, as she learned, the children at the Pediatric Center require the most individualized attention and compassionate, loving care. “This is home,” she said. “It’s the launching pad for the dreams [the children] have and there’s nobody in this home that doesn’t feel that they have the right to dream and the capacity to make dreams come true.”

Also attending the Grand Opening were various elected officials including: Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, Mayor of the City of Yonkers Mike Spano, New York State Department of Health Associate Commissioner and Regional Director Celeste Johnson, Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Health Dr. Sherlita Amler, Westchester County Director of Economic Development George Oros, Westchester County Legislator Ken Jenkins and Yonkers City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino. Additionally, President of the Sisters of Charity of New York Sr. Jane Iannucelli, S.C., Chairperson of the Board of Directors Mike Hegarty and Trustees from the Pediatric Center’s affiliated organizations (the John A. Coleman School, the Children’s Rehabilitation Center and the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation), were on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion.

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