Pediatric Infusion Center
It takes more than great people to have a great children's hospital: the surroundings and convenience make a difference for patients and families who make multiple visits for treatments such as dialysis or intravenous infusion of certain medications that can take hours to administer.
This fall, the Children's Hospital created a suite for outpatient visits by pediatric patients who need infusion.
Zac Weinstein, 18, a freshman at University of Maryland College Park, has been coming to the new center to receive periodic infusions of a drug that helps him manage Crohn's disease. He sits in a reclining chair for the IV treatment, alternating between getting work done on his laptop and chatting with his parents.
Infusion nurse Jeanne Cavalier, RN, has come to know the family well, administering the medication to both Zac and to his younger brother. But until a few months ago when the Pediatric Infusion Center opened, Cavalier and her patients had to share space in two other units. That meant the Weinsteins reported to different locations in the hospital, depending on the day of the week.
“Now, we know just where to find Jeanne,” says Steve Weinstein, Zac's father.
Zac's mother, Jayme Weinstein, adds, “And there is room for three people to sit.”