The Duke Children’s Hospital is getting a new home that offers families more comfort


RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Construction of Duke Health’s new tower began in 2017. The $ 265 million project spans 11 floors, including four for pediatric patients.

After years of construction, the new Duke Children’s Hospital is in full operation.

Daxton Stewart and his mother have spent three weeks at Duke Hospital so far. The 5-year-old has X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy, or X-ALD. The rare disease requires a stem cell transplant.

“We’re basically here trying to save his life,” said his mother Stefanie Stewart.

You’re from Virginia, but Duke Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the country that can perform this procedure. Stewart has two other children who are at home with her husband.

Daxton is also diagnosed with Down syndrome.

“We’ve had our ups and downs, but I think he’s kept a pretty good attitude all this time,” said Stewart.

Her temporary hospital home was cramped to say the least, with barely enough room for Daxton to stretch his legs or his mother to get ready in the morning.

But this weekend was moving day.

The hospital staff carefully placed 150 pediatric patients in the new Duke Children’s.

“I would say it took great coordination to make sure patients were safe during the trip,” said Mary Martin, Duke Hospital’s chief operating officer.

There is a new activity room and designated family areas.

The new rooms are twice as large and offer enough space for physiotherapy and training courses in the room. New furniture can be used in many ways.

There are also two televisions so parents can see something different than what their children see. Above all, there is space to personalize and design the space. Stewart has already put up some holiday decorations.

“It is wonderful for him to have a more home-like feeling in the room and I really think it will be beneficial for him,” said Stewart.

Duke hopes it will be beneficial for everyone.

“I just sincerely hope that it provides a healing environment not only for patients but also for families,” said Martin.

While Stewart’s family is healing, they tell other parents in the same situation, “You have to trust the process and hope for the best.”

Before the move of pediatric patients, adults in the oncology, transplant, orthopedics, and neuroscience sectors were relocated.


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