Seattle Hospital Updates Progress on Expansion Project

Seattle_Childrens_patientroom2_orange_657x249Seattle Children’s recently released its first interior renderings of its Building Hope expansion project. The images showcase the project’s final design and provide a sneak peek into patient rooms, a family lounge area and more.

Building Hope: Cancer and Critical Care Expansion, is the first phase of the project. It is on schedule and expected to open in spring 2013. The expansion will incorporate an additional 121 new inpatient beds, including 80 single occupancy rooms for cancer and intensive care-unit patients.

During this first phase, the cancer wing will move into the top two floors of the eight-floor (plus basement) building and grow to 48 beds. The floor directly below will house 32 new critical-care beds that will be connected to the facility’s existing critical-care unit by a sky bridge. In addition, with the support of the community, the emergency department will be moved to the ground floor of the new building, where it can expand to better serve the growing number of patients. The remaining floors will be built out over time as needed.

Seattle_Childrens_patientroom1_orange_657x249A commitment to providing the best, safest and most compassionate care possible guides the hospital’s expansion. As such, the new building features single-family rooms, which will increase privacy and improve infection control. Patient rooms in the new building are designed to be larger to better accommodate families and being furnished with sleeper sofas, privacy curtains and bathrooms with showers. In addition, each floor will include a spacious and comfortable family area with places set aside for food storage and preparation.

Patient rooms will be arranged in eight-bed “neighborhoods” that will put caregivers closer to the point of care and make them easier to find. Rooms will have “porches” — alcoves outside the door where supplies and medication can be delivered directly to the patient. Traditional nurse’s stations will be replaced with spaces where caregivers can meet as a team to talk about diagnosis and treatment.

The hospital is working with the Seneca Group, Sellen Construction and ZGF Architects to ensure the project meets the needs of patients, families, staff and the community. Additional space will be built out over the next 20 years, as needed.

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Posted April 14, 2011

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