Medically fragile kids to get a pediatric center

LAS VEGAS - Children in need of long-term medical care will soon have a facility to help them in southern Nevada.

The Pediatric Center for Children with special healthcare needs will be located off West Charleston Boulevard near Rancho Drive in the medical corridor.

It's the first of it's kind in the state.

The new facility will have 36 beds to house kids who are medically stable but have a long-term chronic condition.

Currently kids with long-term needs would have to be moved out of state or be housed in an adult nursing facility with a pediatric unit. The building on West Charleston has sat vacant since 2008 but will now be outfitted with everything a pediatric patient could need or want including kid friendly touches like an outdoor playground and play area.

Positively Kids CEO Fred Schultz stresses this isn't a hospital and it's not hospice, it's long-term care for medically fragile kids.

"We're going to take care of kids who have long-term chronic illnesses, and those are kids who are medically stable but they have a long-term chronic condition, maybe they were in a near drowning and they're on a ventilator and they have feeding tubes and they're not able to stay at home they're not able to go to day care, they're able to come into our new facility and be cared for for either short or long-term respite care," said CEO Fred Schultz, Positively Kids.

Funding for most patients will be paid for by Medicaid, private donations, grants or insurance.

There are just 100 like this one in the United States. However, thousands of kids in southern Nevada face a traumatic injury every year and with just 36 beds, the need far outweighs the demand, even with this new facility.

The facility will open in the fall of 2018. Positively Kids is hoping to open a second facility once this one gets up and running.


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