February 1, 2014
After years of planning, preparation and construction, the Battle Building is set to open in less than 6 months.
The UVa. Children's Hospital hosted its main event Saturday night; a fundraising gala benefiting the new facility.
Nearly 500 prominent figures from the Charlottesville community gathered at Keswick Hall to support UVa. Children's Hospital's newest building.
With the addition of the new building, instead of having to travel to several different clinics in the area, parents will have just one single location serving their child's outpatient needs.
"Caring for children is not just like caring for little adults. They have sibling needs, they have play needs, they have family needs. We're providing that all under one roof ," says Ed Howell, Vice President and CEO, UVa. Medical Center.
The new 200,000 square-foot building on the corner of West Main Street and Ridge Street will serve as home to 36 specialty clinics, 75 examination rooms and even some hidden treasures.
"There is going to be pictures on the walls in the examining rooms so that children can look at the pictures and pick out certain items that they're clued to watch. This is about imagination," says Barry Battle, UVa. Children's Hospital Advocate
The naming of the Battle Building honors Barry and the late Bill Battle, who have been UVa. Children's Hospital advocates for over 30 years.
The Battle Building is expected to open in June after 9 years of development.