Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was at Seattle Children’s Hospital on Sunday for the opening of Building Hope, a new cancer, critical and emergency care expansion.
Russell visited with patients and their families.
Seattle Children’s says the new building provides 80 new, much-needed beds, the country's first dedicated inpatient cancer unit for teens and young adults, and an innovative model of care in a new emergency department.
Heather Wick, a teenage cancer patient here seven years ago, says grouping young people together will help the healing.
“The camaraderie that these patients are going to have with patients their age, getting to connect with that peer group, is going to be priceless,” she said.
The new space includes more room for visiting parents and families and all the rooms are private.
More than 17,000 staff hours and three years of planning and building went into creating a facility with a goal of making a very stressful time as comfortable as possible for patients and families.
"I don't feel so bad coming into the hospital now," said patient David Padilla, 18, of the new space. "It's something different, something to look forward to."