TEMPLE - McLane Children's Hospital unveiled its new name Saturday while celebrating hospital's five years of service. It will now be called the Baylor Scott and White McLane Children's Medical Center.
After a short speech Saturday morning the new signage was unveiled on the front of the hospital. Hospital staff broke into a flash dance to celebrate and held a children's fair on the hospital front lawn.
Since opening in October of 2011 the hospital has treated around 20,000 children and seen almost 150,000 come through it's emergency room according to hospital President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. John L. Boyd III. The hospital now serves 30,000 square miles of central Texas.
Dr. Boyd said it was important to bring specialty pediatricians to the area as, before the hospital was built, they had to travel much further for similar care.
"Our children used to have to leave this area to get the specialty care that we provide. When you remove a family from their support systems, especially at a time when the children are ill, that's pretty devastating to the family," Boyd said. "We've been able to provide that support for the family and keep that family in a better place.