New Hospital’s Design Puts Children and Families First
The new Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center is designed to support patients and their families, with spaces planned for gathering, playing, resting and finding respite.
The new $145-million tower, located on Crittenden Boulevard and attached to URMC and Strong Memorial Hospital, will be eight floors and approximately 245,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and their families. The groundbreaking is planned for late summer or early fall this year with an expected opening in 2015.
“I am thrilled with the work that our planning team has done so far,” said URMC CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D. “It truly reflects how deeply we value patient- and family-centered care, especially for our youngest patients.”
The new building will include private rooms for pediatric patients and their families, as well as a hospitality suite that parents can use to shower, eat home-cooked meals as a family or even run a load of laundry.
“Our families are so dedicated to participating in the care of their children while they’re hospitalized that our nurses have to firmly remind them to take care of themselves, too. Having these services so close will make it easier for all our parents to stay rested and nourished,” said Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., pediatrician-in-chief at Golisano Children’s Hospital and chair of URMC’s Department of Pediatrics.
The new hospital will fully embrace this need for play and normalcy with a toddler playroom and a new two-story playdeck on the seventh floor. Above that, on the eighth floor, will be a school room and a teen room that will overlook the playdeck. An outdoor rooftop playspace and a healing garden are also planned.
The two general care floors will each include a respite lounge, allowing parents to rest in a living room-like atmosphere. These rooms will give parents a place to bond with other parents in similar situations, if they choose to.
“The new hospital will help us provide state-of-the-art medicine for our region’s children, but our families’ needs reach far beyond the latest technology,” Schor said. “Our children need to play and learn even when they’re sick. Our parents need support, information and, sometimes, they just need a shower, a cup of coffee and a little break from the stress of having a sick child.”
The new pediatric operating rooms and the new Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit will open in the new building in 2016. In a later phase of construction, the Ronald McDonald House within the Hospital will also be relocated.
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