Allowing families to stay close to their children in our new hospital

Ronald McDonald House

New Ronald McDonald House allows families to be steps away from their children

When the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital opens this November, families with critically ill children will be able to find a place to rest at the new Ronald McDonald House within C.S. Mott. The new facility is one of only five such Ronald McDonald Houses within a children’s hospital in the world. It will be located on the 10th floor of the hospital, just steps away from the hospital’s intensive care units.

While the current Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor that is currently just around the corner from the hospital will continue to serve more than 600 families annually, these new accommodations will provide a short-term stay option for families of our most critically ill children, many of whom were not expecting to have their child admitted and need a place to stay while they make plans and work with the medical team to learn about their child’s condition and treatment plan. The new Ronald McDonald House within the hospital will have 12 private bedrooms with private bathrooms and a shared common space, all designed to feel as much like home as possible.

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Taking care of yourself, while we’re taking care of your little hero.

Imagine all the things running through your mind on a regular basis when it comes to your children.  Now imagine how much more complicated things could become when your child is ill.  The last thing on a parent’s mind is usually their own well being.  Ironically, that does no good for the parent or the child, who needs their parents at full strength to help them through this process.

When we designed our new hospital, we wanted to make sure we make it as easy as possible for parents and family members to take care of themselves while we’re taking care of their child. Continue reading

It’s a numbers game!

Now that all of our countdown clocks are installed around the hospital, it is striking to boil all the hard work that has been and will be taking place into a string of numbers representing days, hours, minutes and seconds until we move into the new hospital.

The countdown number is one we try to be aware of each day as we work towards our goal, but it’s only one of the many numbers floating around in our minds these days.  Here are a handful of other fun numbers that give you an idea of the immensity of this new hospital – all focused on children and women’s healthcare! Continue reading

Imagine moving a 1.1 million square foot home

We are now just one year away from the day we move patients into the new hospital.

It would be an understatement to say that there is a lot of planning going on. There are so many details for the overall hospital planning and department-specific planning.  If you have ever moved from one house to another, you understand the effort of packing, sorting, discarding, moving, unpacking, sorting, discarding, etc. Consider doing this for a 1.1 million square foot house.

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Lending a hand for children at Mott

Last week’s video blog post was such a hit, we’re going to follow it with a second!  This week, we’re joined by Alfreda Rooks, director of Volunteer Services.  If you’ve spent time in Mott, you might have seen volunteers sharing their time and energy with our patients.  In the below video, Alfreda explains the role of volunteers at Mott and how we’re thinking ahead about volunteer needs and opportunities in the new Mott.

If you’ve been in the hospital before, do you recall any volunteers having made a difference in your stay?  Have you been a volunteer at Mott before?  Tell us your story!

Family-centered care at the new Mott

Did you know Mott’s Child and Family Life program was the first of it’s kind in the nation? Since 1922, Mott has had a child and family life team in place to reduce the negative psychological, social and emotional impacts of hospitalization that affect the well-being of our patients and their families.

This week we’re switching things up a little and turning our blog post into a “video post” featuring Dan Fischer from our Child and Family Life Services to tell us a bit about Child and Family Life, and some of the neat features patients and families can expect when we move into our new hospital in November 2011. Continue reading