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Children's expansion using evidence-based design.

8/8/2008 


Aerial view of expansionChildren’s will break ground at the end of this year on its largest expansion since the opening of the new Hospital ten years ago. The project will take two to three years and add 60,000 square feet, expanding pediatric intensive care, operating rooms, imaging and emergency department capacity.

The state-of-the-art expansion will include:

  • Minimally invasive surgical suites equipped with advanced audio-visual technology  designed to reduce dependence on mobile equipment, increase patient flow and improve patient outcomes;
  • Installation of a new GE Signa HDx 3.0T MRI scanner with unprecedented imaging speed, resolution, and contrast in neurovascular, cardiovascular, abdominal, orthopaedic and spectroscopic imaging;
  • Installation of GE’s MPi radiography and fluoroscopy imaging system, which includes an interventional package as well;
  • Installation of GE’s Definium 8000 digital radiographic system, which offers excellent image quality with proven dose efficiency;
  • Two new ultrasound suites equipped with the latest technology.
  • Two, large state-of-the-art trauma rooms.
  • Eight major care exam rooms in the ED.
  • Shell space for future growth.

Further, evidence-based design principles were utilized to improve
patient safety and increase care delivery effectiveness, resulting in:

Decentralized nurses stations.

  • Enhanced noise barriers.
  • Single patient rooms.
  • Integrated wayfinding.
  • Equipment standardization.

Designed with sensitivity to the existing campus architecture and to
affect appropriate adjacencies to existing services, the new addition will be a seamless modernization to the existing Hospital.