Behind the design: Connecting the NICU and maternity floors

One of the things that fascinates me continually is the amount of thought and consideration going into each and every aspect of this new hospital. No detail is taken for granted, and perspectives are sought from far and wide for how to make this the very best children’s hospital it can be. From time to time we’ll devote blog posts to highlighting some of those “I had no idea” revelations of what went into making various decisions about the new hospital.

Our hospital is one of only a handful in the country which features a women’s birthing center INSIDE the children’s hospital, so that we can provide the absolute best care for children from the moment they’re born (and even before!!). Our labor and delivery unit will feature spacious all-private rooms though, and our NICU (already the largest and most experienced in the region) is expanding to meet the needs of the community – so these two units need to be on separate floors so they have enough space.

Sketch of the new labor and delivery rooms in the new Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital.

How could we arrange things so that the Holden NICU staff can get to and from the labor and delivery suites in an efficient fashion that is safe for patients and works well for our staff? The answer? Our architects helped us integrate a dedicated stairwell designed only for the use of staff traveling between these two units so that they can get from one to the other quickly and easily.

That’s just one example of how the voices of our patients, our staff, and our expert architects are coming together to make the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital a premier place for our patients and families. We can’t wait for you to see for yourself!

What are some things you’ve often thought would be great improvements for a new hospital, if you could build one yourself?