RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Nine-year-old Philip Hopkins lives with Cystic Fibrosis.
Last fall, the Amelia boy’s illness forced him into the hospital for two weeks.
“It was just really hard,” Hopkins explained. “I didn’t like it because it was the first time I’ve ever been hospitalized.”
Doctors admitted Philip to VCU Medical Center because the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU doesn’t offer inpatient care. That is changing now.
The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is adding a $350 million inpatient facility. It will be a place where doctors and hospital rooms are all dedicated to kids.”That’s going to put all the specialists right there within reach and walking distance and they won’t have to leave the hospital to come see him,” says Philip’s mother, Catherine Hopkins.
Adds her son, “I think that would be really cool because it would be just for kids and it would be really nice.”
The new inpatient hospital will be family friendly. All the rooms will be private. It will offer outdoor and garden spaces, playrooms and even a performance area.
“I’m just really excited for the new hospital when it opens,” said Hopkins. “It will be life changing for all of the children but especially for the children that have long hospital stays and their families that stay with them.”
Construction is set to get started this spring with the hopes the hospital will open at the end of 2022.