LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A $636 million building was dedicated Thursday at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The new building will provide 317 more pediatric-care beds at the hospital campus.

CHLA President/CEO Richard Cordova was be joined by city officials, patients and parents at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion.

Marion Anderson, a hospital board of trustees member who along with her husband donated $50 million toward the project, is also scheduled to be on hand.

Hospital officials say the seven-story, 460,000-square-foot building is one of the most technologically advanced in the country. It includes real-time electronic tracking and recording of patients’ vital signs and surgical equipment in rooms to allow for immediate bedside procedures.

The hospital will include 120 beds dedicated exclusively to intensive care.

The rooms have “family zones” that allow relatives to stay overnight with patients. The building also includes family lounges, a business center with Internet access and a 24-hour “Family Pantry” for families staying with their children around the clock.

About 200 patients are expected to be moved into the building when it officially opens on July 17.

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