The start of November at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore marked the unveiling of new pediatric and medical/surgical units.

“In creating these new units, we recognized the importance of having a healing environment where patients feel less like they are in a hospital and  more at ease,” said Donna Moravick, Southside’s executive director. “And especially in the pediatric unit, we wanted to provide a chance for parents to comfortably stay with their children without worrying about going home to shower or sleep.”

The pediatric unit has a nautical theme, featuring a ship at the nursing station and deep sea view in the playroom, with six patient rooms featuring sleeper couches for parents and guardians, hospital officials explained.

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Each of the rooms, which includes a dedicated pediatric isolation room, has two TV sets, so kids and parents can each do their own thing. There are also computers.

The nine rooms in the medical/surgical area have monitored, technologically enhanced bed, and feature different design inspirations such as the beach and a desert.

For more information call Southside Hospital at 631-968-3000.

Top: One of the new Southside Hospital private medical/surgical rooms. (courtesy)

Southside Hospital pediatric unit

One of the new Southside Hospital pediatric private rooms. (courtesy)