Riley Hospital for Children opens Simon Family Tower

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Indianapolis - Riley Hospital for Children has a new family tower.

Crews began working on the Simon Family Tower, a $475 million project, in the summer of 2006. In November 2007, the Simon family announced a $40 million gift toward the completion of the project.

Three floors of the new 675,000 square-foot wing opened Thursday and other floors will open in phases later on. Each level of the 10-story tower will feature a different artwork theme as well as new public and family space to give patients and their families comfort and privacy.

"This day has been a long time coming for us and our entire Riley family is so proud to see this dream become a reality," said Dan Fink, president and chief executive officer, Rilay at IU Health. "This isn't just a building to us. This is about having the space we've long needed to tend to all of the children - from across the state of Indiana and beyond - who need our expert care."

Some of the building's highlights include photos of health, an ecosystem design theme, an identical design on each floor grouped according to specialty for easy navigationprivate and private bathrooms and dedicated family rooms in each patient room.

"Riley has always been a special place for children - one of hope, healing and wonder," said Marilyn Cox, chief nursing officer, Riley at IU Health. "But we see parents as a vital part of that process and our new space enables us to truly carry out our family-centered care principles in the best interest of their children."