New renderings provide a revealing look at what to expect when our new emergency department opens with the rest of the Building Hope expansion next spring. The renderings depict one of our 38 exam rooms and a central work station. Read full post »
Work is underway on the sky bridges that connect Seattle Children’s current facility with the Building Hope expansion. These will incorporate natural light, art and interactive elements to encourage patients, families and visitors to pause, appreciate the beautiful views and enjoy a respite from their rooms. Read full post »
Included the Building Hope expansion, a physical therapy gym will be located on the top floor, teen cancer unit. Studies show survival rates among this population are higher when therapy is based on pediatric protocols and delivered at medical centers like Seattle Children’s. The gym will be used by cancer patients in need of physical therapy for fitness and rehabilitation. Read full post »
When the Building Hope expansion opens, it will include spaces that support families away from their child’s room – including “quiet rooms” for reflection. Currently, Seattle Children’s does not have private spaces that are removed from high-traffic areas of the hospital. Read full post »
Seattle Children’s held a design event in November to provide valuable input into design of the new Emergency Department (ED).
For this event, a full-scale mock-up of the proposed ED was set up on the construction site in the actual space that will become the ED. Then, representatives including ED physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, techs, parents, social workers, Child Life specialists, pharmacists and staff from Security Services, Patient and Family Relations, Environmental Service, Information Services, Facilities and hospital leadership, came together to “test” four different exam room designs as well as the overall flow and layout. The team provided feedback on things that worked well, and elements that needed revising. Read full post »
One of many “wayfinding” elements that will be incorporated into the Building Hope expansion is art. Just like Seattle Children’s existing facility, art will be used to create an overall sense of a healing environment by offering imagery that is calming, helps tell stories, is fun to look at and engages people of all ages. Art will also complement other wayfinding elements like signs, symbols and colors to make it easier for people to navigate their way around the expanded campus. Read full post »
To design a world-class facility, it’s important to take into account the perspectives and opinions of the people who will occupy the new spaces – Seattle Children’s patients, families and staff.
Children’s held a design event earlier this fall where several nurses were invited to participate and provide feedback on how to make the new space the best that it can be. They were shown blueprints and tabletop replicas, and simulated their work in a warehouse-sized mock-up of the new building. Read full post »
The Building Hope Expansion creates a lot of positive change for our hospital campus: the addition of spaces that are physically and functionally flexible; design that promotes a safe and healing environment; spaces that improve flow and efficiency; and much, much more. It also provides an opportunity to improve our current wayfinding structure – how people find their way around our large, complex and hilly hospital campus. Read full post »
Many families at Seattle Children’s are here for an extended stay and spend the majority of their time in a hospital room.
Families have asked for surroundings that support the day-to-day activities of family life – such as accommodating several visitors, providing play space for children and preparing a meal. These simple actions promote healing and help sustain the well-being of families. Read full post »
A lot of effort has gone into the design of Building Hope. Ultimately, we are focused on the safety and satisfaction of our patients, their families and our staff. The planning, testing and implementing that has already taken place, and that which will occur now and into the future, is conducted under the following guiding principles: Read full post »