Originally published June 13, 2012 at 12:24p.m., updated June 13, 2012 at 01:08p.m.
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas Children's Hospital held a public opening the new South Wing on Wednesday morning.
The new addition to the hospital, complete with four floors featuring all facets of child healthcare from outpatient dental to neurological and cardiovascular inpatient care, will officially open its doors to the public and start taking patients in early July.
ACH began construction on the 258,000 square foot, $121 million facility in 2009, with the process in limbo on a few occasions due to downturns in the economy.
The wing comes complete with all new equipment as well, with only some small machinery coming over from the existing buildings.
The extended-stay patients and their families will have extensive amenities, such as pull-out beds from couches and chairs, family rooms for cooking and cleaning and entertainment options with televisions and outdoor activities.
Each floor is specially themed as well, with the overall theme of the wing being outdoor-centric.
The expansion is the largest in the 100-year history of the hospital.