In November 2003, the LaNasa-Greco Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders opened its doors on the fourth floor of Children's Hospital. The inpatient unit boasts 18 private rooms with state-of-the-art environment and comfort for patients and families. Each room, as well as the entire unit, is equipped with high efficiency particle air (HEPA) filtration. The highly advanced air handling system allows hematopoietic stem cell transplants to be performed in any room and is essential to reducing the risk of infection. Located away from other inpatient areas and accessed through a positive pressure vestibule, the unit allows for the highest level of protection for patients.
The unit, overlooking Audubon Park, also includes a playroom stocked with games, toys, art supplies and computers, and an activity center, where music and recreation therapists can interact with small groups of children for organized play. A parent's lounge is available for those needing peace or respite.
When admission is indicated, pediatric oncologists, oncology nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary team devise an individual treatment plan for each patient. Patients and their families develop a special bond with the staff on the fourth floor, and the staff is committed to helping them cope both emotionally and physically with the side effects and complications associated with the disease and treatments.