Goodbye to the old Mott, from Alex’s and Levi’s mom

Yesterday, the faculty, staff, and hundreds of volunteers of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital carefully moved nearly 200 patients from the old hospitals to our state-of-the-art new facility.  If there’s one thing that became obvious from the move, though, it’s that the people here are what truly makes The Michigan Difference.  Within moments of a floor being emptied of its patients, families and staff – even though there were still chairs, toys and games left behind for now – The Michigan Difference was gone, all the people having been whisked over to their new home. Today we bring you one more “farewell to the old Mott” story from a parent of two “little victors.”  Her story is just another demonstration of how – even though we’re proud of our shiny new building, it’s the people that work there that make The Difference.    

 

Little Things Mean Everything

By Laura Hurst, mom to Alex and Levi Hurst Gugino, happy and healthy 2-year-old Little Victors Continue reading

Inside one of the brains orchestrating “The Big Move”

This weekend, we will officially open the doors to the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital when we move our current patients from the old building to the new one, and begin accepting new patients through the doors of this state-of-the-art facility.  As we get ready for The Big Move, we stole a few moments from one of the busiest people involved in the move – our Medical Director, pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Chris Dickinson – to get a glimpse into what’s going on in his mind on the eve of this event that’s been years in the making.

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Goodbye to the old Mott, from Maddie’s Mom

As we prepare to move into the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital this December, many of our staff and families have been reminiscing about the countless memories we all have from the more than 40 years in the current facility.  This week’s post contains the transcript of a story one of our beloved families shared with us at a recent employee gathering to say “goodbye” to the old Mott building.  We would like to thank Shannan for sharing this beautiful story. We are lucky to have had you and Maddie be a part of our Mott story and we are so honored to have one of the beams of the new building bearing her name.

Hello, my name is Shannan Shaw, although most Mott people know me as “Maddie’s Mom.” My daughter Maddie was an inpatient on the 5th floor PCTU for almost 16 months straight. She was admitted February 9th, 2007 just before her 3rd birthday and she took her last breath here on May 27th, 2008.  Mott was her home for nearly 1/3rd of her life. It was also my home away from home. Our place to play, feel sick and get better, our place to work, to stress out, die of boredom, our place to cry and our place to have hope beyond reason. This was the place where our future was decided.

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Steal a peek at the football-themed play area in our new hospital!

With the opening of the Mott building just 5 months away, we thought we would take you through one of the areas we’re very excited about. Join us on a virtual tour through each of the nine “zones” of the new game-day themed play area located on the 8th floor of the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital!

The space was designed as a place for patients, parents and siblings to unwind and have some fun. Playful activity can be very beneficial for little ones during the healing process, and we’re sure this new space will bring smiles to patients and families’ for years to come.

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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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Over 1000 artists add a personal touch to new hospital

Over a thousand people were involved in decorating the walls of the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Sure, that team includes professional designers – but it also includes more than a few five-year-olds, moms and dads, and community leaders, too!

Back in 2008, Mott partnered with with Detroit-based Pewabic Pottery to enable patients, family members, employees and donors to paint tiles for the new children’s hospital.

When the installation of tiles is completed, about 1,600 tiles will cover the welcome desks on each level of the new hospital, and in the clinics. Continue reading