Inside the new hospital’s patient rooms
Have you ever spent the night here as a parent or a patient? If you have, you know first-hand how important the design of the patient rooms is for the new hospital.
In fact, it’s so important that we built full-size mock-up rooms so patients, staff and parents could give feedback, and we made dozens of changes and modifications as result. We even went so far as to sleep on the furniture we were asking parents to sleep on (really we did), because we knew if we weren’t comfortable, our families wouldn’t be either. The bottom-line is that if we couldn’t find what we wanted from existing manufacturers we designed it ourselves. As a result, our sleeping couches, bathtubs, locked cabinetry and much more are found only here at Nationwide Children’s. Many other hospital’s are now touring here so they can bring our innovations to their patients.
It’s this attention to detail that created these new rooms. Although the full hospital doesn’t open until June 20th, a small number of these rooms are already open on the 4th and 5th floors for patients and families. Reviews so far are glowing. In this video, Kim Meacham provides a tour. Kim’s son, Chase, spent more than a year here as a cancer patient so Kim can truly appreciate the “before and after.”
If you’ve stayed in the new rooms, we’d love to hear your comments. Also, drop me a note if you have any questions about the new hospital.