In January, we opened a new 10-bed pediatric unit at the main hospital. By increasing children’s services in Wake County, UNC REX has the ability to serve current patients closer to home and has expanded coverage to new patients. The unit is staffed by pediatric hospitalists and highly trained nurses caring for children in a specialized environment. The pediatric unit includes murals and child-friendly elements like a playroom and mobile game systems for positive distraction. There is also a parent respite area designed to care for the entire family during a hospital stay.