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Patients Move Into New Rooms at Cook Children's Medical Center

Larger rooms part of Fort Worth hospital's $250 million expansion

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Children, young adults and those with a pediatric illness at Cook Children's Medical Center have moved into their rooms on a new floor.

Nurses helped move the last 19 patients into their new rooms Thursday morning.

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The hospital's oncology floor is now on the fifth floor of the newly expanded north tower, which has 28 patient beds.

The floor has a new procedure room that is three times larger than the old one and is near patient rooms. The room is used for procedures such as inserting IVs or catheters to administer medicine.

The facility also has a lounge area where teenagers can visit with friends and study. There is also a play area for younger patients and a meditation garden.

The improvements are a part of a $250 million expansion that doubles the size of the hospital.

"I just think that it's a big present to all of us," said 19-year-old patient Brenda Laskowski, who has Ewing sarcoma.

Laskowski has soft-tissue bone cancer in her pelvis and had an 11-pound tumor removed last year. Her cancer is classified as a pediatric cancer and is best handled by pediatric specialists.

She is going through a round of chemotherapy, and said the joy of bigger room helps keep her spirits up.

"Oh my God, it's huge. That is so cool," Laskowski said when she reached her new room.