Portion of new Phoenix Children's Hospital patient tower opens

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PHOENIX -- After months of construction, several floors of the new patient tower at Phoenix Children's Hospital are open.

While the entire facility will not be completely operational until this summer, as of Monday morning, some of the services are ready to go.

The new 11-story facility adds hundreds of new beds to the hospital, bringing the total to 500.

With its new clinics, PCH will now be able treat children who need outpatient care in a variety of specialties, including dermatology, endocrinology, pulmonology, gastroenterology and orthopedics.

The hospital said the most important things the new facility will do is streamline patient care, allowing kids to get everything they need at a single location.

The entire tower is scheduled to open this May or June.

Crews first broke ground on the facility in May 2008. The cost of the facility is $538 million. The president said the hospital is about $50 million below budget right now.