PEDIATRIC HOSPITALS – CONSTRUCTION TRENDS

Healthcare organizations are building, renovating, and expanding facilities in order to remain competitive and to improve recruitment and retention of staff. The goal is to produce a stress-reducing, healing environment while guarding against infections and medical errors. 

ERMCO was part of the team for two recently completed pediatric hospital projects, both of which started welcoming patients this past November – Riley Children’s Hospital Maternity & Newborn Center in Indianapolis and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Critical Care Building. Both illustrate the following trends we’re seeing in design and construction for pediatric health centers.
 

ZONED PATIENT ROOMS

Patient rooms are being designed with zones – the caregiver zone, the patient zone, and the family zone. Allowing for three distinct zones provides opportunities to focus on and enhance the experience for each zone’s occupants by creating design elements that respond to the likely needs of each group.

Riley patient room – includes zone for patient, family and caregiver
Riley – soft spaces for family

ROOM FOR FAMILY

When a child is in the hospital, the entire family – siblings and extended family – are often there as well. New patient rooms include space for family amenities such as fold-out beds and guest showers and “soft” spaces where siblings and family members can spend time.

ENGAGING ENVIRONMENTS

Bright colors and whimsical designs create a comforting and entertaining atmosphere. Textures, artwork, and soothing finishes reinforce the healing process. Cutting-edge technology is often used to bring options directly into patient rooms.

Riley patient room – gemstone theme and coloring
Riley NICU – star lighting
Riley – OR lighting

SENSORY SENSITIVITY

Lighting makes a huge difference. For example, natural lighting helps babies heal faster. The industry is coming up with creative ways to integrate natural lighting with state-of-the-art LED interior lighting that enables healthcare staff to perform their jobs effectively, but is also pleasing to the patients.

RILEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
MATERNITY & NEWBORN HEALTH CENTER

  • 240,000-square-foot, 116-bed maternity tower
     

  • Able to accommodate 3,800+ deliveries each year
     

  • 45-bed Level 3 NICU - when added to the 60-bed Level 4 NICU in Riley Children’s Hospital Simon Family Tower, is the largest NICU in Indiana and among the largest in the country. 
     

  • Level IV Obstetrical and Neonatal Care
     

  • Rooms for:  post-partum, high-risk ante-partum, labor-delivery recovery, labor-delivery recovery ICU, triage, caesarean births, and fetal surgery.
     

  • Design-assist construction delivery

CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 
CRITICAL CARE BUILDING

  • 632,500-square-foot, 249-bed tower
     

  • Rooms are 50% larger than in existing hospital
     

  • Rooms include personal touches suggested by families, patients, staff, and the community
     

  • Triples the emergency department to 90,000 SF
     

  • Design-assist construction delivery
     

  • Expansion included renovation and upgrade of nearby neighborhood houses
     

  • Joint Venture with Archiable Electric