The new Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai opens its doors to patients this week. Designed by Hord Coplan Macht, the $29.5 million, 57,200 sf facility features 26 private rooms that support Sinai Hospital’s philosophy of family-centered care.
“I am proud to have such a modern, beautiful space that gives us enhanced patient care capabilities for our children and young adults,” said Sinai Hospital President and Chief Operating Officer Neil M. Meltzer. “This project would not have been possible without the strong design acumen and aesthetic of the Hord Coplan Macht team.”
The design creates a new and distinct physical presence for Sinai’s pediatric center of excellence. It frames the campus and provides a new lobby which serves the new Samuelson Children’s Hospital and the Blaustein Women’s Health Center, as well as the Labor and Delivery Department.
The full continuum of care in this single inpatient unit includes medical surgery (med/surg), oncology specialty care, and universal inpatient rooms which can provide intensive care. The next phase of the project will add an adjoining outpatient children’s diagnostic unit.
With the input of families and staff, the unit is designed to keep children comfortable and entertained. Large expanses of glass bring natural light into both patient rooms and central areas. Medical equipment and technology has been integrated into the patient rooms to be unobtrusive to the child. Using bold color as a guide for orientation and accent, the unit maintains a playful feel with oversized room numbers and custom-designed, extra large elevator buttons. The space is defined by clean lines that accent the artwork and focus the patient experience on the joyful elements. The nursing stations, located at both ends of a central core to provide faster response times to patients, glow and change color, creating visual interest at the scale of the child.
Family Centered Care (FCC), the core concept this expansion is based upon, recognizes that family is the constant in a child’s life and that integrating family into patient care improves medical outcomes. Patient rooms are designed to create distinct zones for caregivers, patients, and family. They have ample space for the movement of wheelchairs, beds, and equipment while also providing a lounge and sleep space for parents who stay with their children overnight throughout their stay.