The Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C.'s philosophy of caring for the whole family, not just the patient, is being reflected in the new wing built in the East Tower of the hospital. The new layout boasts, among other things, rooms with greater privacy for each family.
Most important is the extra space and privacy for every child and his or her family, said physician Max Coppes, who directs the hospital's cancer and blood-disorders program and had a hand in planning the rooms.
"This wing will deliver the comfort that parents with children with life-and-death diseases deserve," he said.
Families who stay at the hospital for weeks, or even months at at time are referred to as 'frequent flyers' at Children's Hospital. Two dozen 'frequent flyer' families were invited at the opening of the new wing - a first wave of many, as the hospital has vowed "to embrace the whole community, to never turn a child away." (Washington Post)
Max Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA, is the executive director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Dr. Coppes is an internationally recognized expert in Wilms tumors, the most common form of kidney cancer in children. Dr. Coppes is fluent in Dutch, French and Spanish and is proficient in German. He practices in Washington, D.C.