Seattle Children’s new Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) officially opened on level 5 of the River/Mountain zone, with patients from the existing unit on level 4 of the River zone moving into the new PBMU facilities. The remodeled space includes 25 single-patient rooms, a classroom, dining area, group rooms, and several other amenities for supporting the health and well-being of patients, families and staff.

The new PBMU features a calm and inviting interior design—hallways are bright and colorful and the new lobby includes warm lighting and comfortable, modern furniture. During an open house on October 7 for staff, faculty, volunteers and family members, chief of Psychosocial Services Deb Gumbardo said she was “most excited about the welcoming atmosphere and a space that was intentionally designed to influence behavior.”

Next, the level 4 facilities will be remodeled to add 16 more single-patient rooms to the unit. When level 4 is complete in the spring of 2015, the new PBMU will have a total of 41 beds over two levels.