Today I had the pleasure of getting a tour of the new patient tower at Dayton Children’s Hospital. I’ve been watching this new part of the building in progress off the side of the highway so it was very exciting to get a sneak peek inside. While my girls have not ended up needing treatment at Dayton Children’s Hospital to date, it is where we would go should we need specialized pediatric care so I’m happy to know that they have the best facilities and newest equipment possible.
The modern design and kid-friendly features greet you at the main entrance with spaces for kids to be kids in the lobby. Parents and kids alike were having fun playing with the centerpiece of the lobby, The Dragonflyer – an homage to the dragonflies buzzing around Huffman Prairie, where the Wright Brothers tested their flying machine, with bike wheels as feet and biplane wings. The lights on the wings and spinning propellers as eyes carry over into the Take Flight Gallery.
Looking up in the lobby gives you a view of the four large sky lights that are framed by color changing lights. Up on the fourth floor is the Sky Deck, a play area with soft flooring, xylophones, and seating around the sky lights so you can peek down into the lobby. You can also see work by local artists hanging from the ceiling and on every stretch of wall throughout the lobby. In fact, the walls the art hangs on is a building made by local companies and workers, putting money right back into the local economy. Even driving to and from the building, you can see the hospital has spruced up the whole block.
The theme of the building is things that fly and touches of theme are carried throughout. From the floors to the artwork, to the handles on the doors to inpatient rooms, each floor has a different icon and associated color to help families find their way around.
The inpatient rooms are state of the art. Regardless of the purpose, each room has TV’s that can pull up patient information and medical staff can send informational videos to that room. Patents can even order their meals and notify personnel if something needs to be addressed in the room. The hospital will employ two robots that use UV light to kill the last of the germs that may be left in a room after cleaning between patients. They really seem to be putting lots of patient feedback into the design of the room including many more single rooms.
For some of the rooms where kids will have longer stays will be single rooms, not only can kids watch TV and movies, they can bring their gaming systems from home to connect and play. The rooms have couches that pull out to sleepers for parents and have family refrigerators. They will also be offering room service so parents and caregivers don’t have to leave to the room.
On the NICU floor, chairs pull out to sleepers and each baby gets a live feed for parents to log into and share with family. I didn’t realize that since babies can have extended stays some parents may opt to go back to work and save leave for when the baby comes home. What a great tool for parents to stay connected to what is going on with their little ones. Close to my breastfeeding heart is the Milk Lab where Mom can leave milk for baby.
Some PICU rooms have adjoining rooms for instances where there may be multiple children from one family needing care at the same time. We also shown that the boom and other equipment have been integrated into the ceiling to free up floor space and take the weight of IV bags. They also showed us the tablets outside of each room that remind medical staff of what type of protective gear they should be wearing or other reminders for that patient.
Caring for the Whole Family
On top of all the thought put into the equipment and function of the rooms, the hospital seems to have really put a lot of effort into making things as easy for families as possible. Plenty of lounge spaces, play room spaces, family bathrooms, a treadmill for families to utilize, separate TVs for parents to look at (there’s only so many times you can watch Frozen), and, most importantly, a staff that tries to make a difficult time as easy as possible.
See It For Yourself
Dayton Children’s Hospital is having a community open house on June 11, 2017, 1pm-4pm! Check out the Facebook event page for more information. Follow #AboveAndBeyond4Kids and visit me on Instagram for more photos and posts about the new patient tower.
- Heading to Urgent Care in Miamisburg? When your child is sick, get in line from home by checking in at childrensdayton.org/saveyourspot.
- Parking is free so why not stop in and grab lunch at the CulinAIRY café or pick up a gift from the gift shop.