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.

An organized plan is a must, but where to start? Continue reading

The countdown has begun!

One year until the opening celebration!

Yesterday was November 3, 2010 – exactly one year  until the dedication ceremony for our new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.

To celebrate this milestone, Pat Warner, Executive Director of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, and several of our activation team members made visits to each of the units in Mott and Von Voigtlander to deliver commemorative children’s building blocks inspired by our new logo to each patient and staff member. Continue reading

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!