Kenzee was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis when she was eight years old—a condition that caused an “S” curvature of her spine. Several years of specialized back braces and physical therapy helped, but after going through a growth spurt the curves in Kenzee’s spine progressed. By age 14, she needed corrective surgery. A family friend told Kenzee’s parents about Michael Albert, MD, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Dayton Children’s, and they were immediately impressed by his experience, expertise and reassuring manner. Surgery took place in August 2015, and afterward Kenzee spent a night in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, which is housed in the hospital’s Wallace Critical Care Complex. There, nurses monitored her closely and managed her pain.
“The whole care team has a lot of experience with spinal surgeries like Kenzee’s, and we really liked the fact that Dr. Albert specializes in pediatric surgery and has done many surgeries for children with scoliosis,” says Kenzee’s mother, Kelly. “Everyone at the hospital was very kind, caring and attentive—we received excellent care.”
As Kenzee healed, she was surrounded by monitoring equipment, her care team, her family and even many cards and balloons. But her room became filled quickly and every inch of space mattered for providing the right healing environment for Kenzee.
Today, Kenzee is standing a little taller (literally!) and is focused on returning to her school volleyball team in time for her sophomore season.
In 2017, the Wallace Critical Care Complex will move to the new patient tower and be fully integrated with the hospital’s transitional care unit. Each patient room will provide at least 120 square-feet of additional space to accommodate for technology and equipment, as well as central monitoring capabilities. For children like Kenzee, this will mean state-of-the-art care and an even more comfortable stay.