Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was at Seattle Children s Hospital on Sunday for the opening of Building Hope, a new cancer, critical and emergency care expansion.

Russell visited with patients and their families.

Seattle Children s says the new building provides 80 new, much-needed beds, the country's first dedicated inpatient cancer unit for teens and young adults, and an innovative model of care in a new emergency department.

This is an exciting moment in our history. This signifies a new chapter in the hospital's mission to care for all children who need us now, and into the future, said Lisa Brandenburg, MBA, MPH, president of Seattle Children's.

During design, Seattle Children's convened a unique advisory board of current and former patient families and staff to provide insight into improving the typical hospital experience.

We listened to our patient families and staff, said Thomas Hansen, MD, chief executive officer. We've given patients more control, more privacy and more space.

More than 17,000 staff hours and three years of planning and building went into creating a facility with a goal of making a very stressful time as comfortable as possible for patients and families.

I don't feel so bad coming into the hospital now, said patient David Padilla, 18, of the new space. It's something different, something to look forward to.

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