Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2017

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46 Medical Construction & Design | J U LY/AUGUST 2017 | MCDM AG.COM I t's widely accepted that when designing pediatric facilities, the goal is to understand and meet the needs of the most vulnerable patients — children. However, equally as important is incorporating design features that serve not only children, but family members, physicians, nurses and other users of the facility. The following guidelines can serve as best practices for designing pediatric healthcare facilities. Putting children and families fi rst with amenities Any parent who brings chil- dren to the hospital appreci- ates convenience during a time that is often stressful. Successful design should seek to understand a family's visit to the facility and how the built environment can ease their stress. And the experience begins before the family enters the facility. In the visitor parking ga- rage, the design team can stra- tegically locate spaces for pull- wagons to be stored, allowing families to easily transport children and belongings during their visit. Once in the hospital, the focus turns more toward amenities — creating family areas that respond to both long- and short-term visits. Great satisfi ers include not just sleeper sofas in the children's rooms, but desk space, access Meeting needs of children, families and healthcare workers through design BY ERIN E. FOGARTY & JACQUELINE FOY Children First It's important to develop an environment that welcomes people from all backgrounds while celebrating art and play. > Top: Inclusive approaches to art and play help children and families from all backgrounds to feel this is truly their hospital.

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