It's a milestone day at McMaster Children's Hospital -- the official opening of the Michael G. DeGroote Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Nearly 600 children require the critical care of the pediatric ICU annually and the numbers have been growing.
McMaster Children's Hospital cares for the sickest and most injured within a catchment area of 600-thousand children stretching from Kitchener to Niagara and from Brantford to Burlington.
The eight intensive care beds in the current pediatric ICU will be transferred to the new space in the coming weeks, adding to the 12 new ones.
The unit's Medical Director Dr. Cynthia Cupido says each room is spacious and private -- providing room for family at bedside in what are often difficult times.
The state-of-the-art facility was made possible by a generous 10-million dollar donation from Michael G. DeGroote and was also financially supported by the Ontario government.