Creating a distinctive 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 services and surgery in the Children's Hospital, supported by the nearby pediatric emergency department. All patient rooms (pediatric, PICU and NICU) are private. We distributed nursing stations around pods of six rooms, allowing nurses to be closer to the bedside. Each room has a designated family area with sleeper sofa, so that families are included in caring for their child.
Size: 54,000 sf Phase 1; 356,000 sf Total Project
Status: Phase 1 completed 2008; Total Project 2010
Throughout the unit, our interior and graphic designers created a bright and cheerful setting to appeal to young patients.
The color palette and animal icons used in the renovated underscore the child-focused setting and discourages an institutional feel.
Planners incorporated amenities for families, including sleeper sofas, to encourage inclusion in the care process.
'Touchdown' stations outside of the private NICU rooms give nurses enhanced patient-monitoring capabilities.
Christner's graphic designers created a custom wayfinding system that uses child-like animal icons to identify specific areas within each unit. Carpet tiles replicate a patchwork quilt.