This $9.2 million renovation project will transform the “face” of the hospital with an enhanced main entrance and lobby area, and will also bring an innovative and new approach to the hospital’s largest patient unit, the Center for Neonatal Transitional Care (CNTC). The unit will expand from 44 to 50 beds and will significantly enhance the quality of patient care by means of new technology and treatment protocols. As the only pediatric transitional care hospital in the mid-Atlantic region serving infants, MWPH’s expansion of its infant transitional care space will enable the hospital to redefine and modernize a critically important patient care unit. The new space will accommodate more children; reflect current patient care and family education standards; be adaptable to a wider range of patient diagnoses; meet the individual medical needs of each child; and be adaptable to future developments in patient care and technology.
The hospital’s key goal for the project was to create a unit that provided direct, point of care nursing while allowing nurses to support one another across different rooms. In addition, because of the extremely long stays for most infants on the unit, additional family amenities both in the room and off the unit were required to increase parent involvement in patient care.
The renovation includes an improved family lounge that provides comfortable seating, computer workstations, and kitchen amenities, as well as three parent sleep rooms. The program also creates a new Family Resource Center that includes a library of reference and support materials.
The design employed several sustainable strategies including: Low / no – VOC finishes and sealants and Urea-Formaldehyde free wood products. We replaced all the original wood framed windows with high-performance metal windows, introduced LED downlights, and insulated all the exterior walls. Our design included use of modular headwall systems for future flexibility.