Creating a distinctive 170-bed Children's Hospital in the midst of the medical center campus required extraordinary vision. Christner's planners captured new and renovated space and forged adjacencies vertically and horizontally, consolidating pediatric and NICU services in family-focused all-private rooms. All patient floors of the tower utilize a triple corridor design allowing for a quiet and peaceful experience for patients. The central, or "loud" corridor is used for distribution of supplies and visitor traffic. The "quiet" corridor adjacent to patient rooms is kept clear of equipment and foot traffic.
Size: 356,000 sf
Status: Completed 2010
The Children's Hospital occupies several floors in the new tower, with future children's admitting and outpatient services accessed from the concourse.
Computer alcoves in patient corridors provide a place for staff to access electronic medical records outside the patient rooms.
Planners incorporated amenities for families, including sleeper sofas, to encourage inclusion in the care process.
The family lounge is designed to encourage families to take breaks away from patient areas and to connect with other families.
'Touchdown' stations outside of the private NICU rooms give nurses enhanced patient-monitoring capabilities.
A new pedestrian concourse links hospital services and creates a marquee entry and identity for children's services.