Using playful and engaging design to elevate patient care and experience
When a child is in the hospital, the care and attention of staff can make a difficult situation as comfortable as possible. Healthcare design also plays a role. Knowing this, the UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg hospital embarked on a renovation to create a new pediatrics unit.
Stantec was engaged for the architecture, planning, and interior design, working with teams at both Harrisburg and the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. We designed new private universal rooms that accommodate ICU care as needed. Each has a decentralized nurse station, while we located the shared clinical support spaces at the center, equidistant to all patient rooms. Two main care team touchdown areas anchor the ends of central support core to provide collaborative workspace. In addition to the clinical support, we placed staff support amenities outside of the clinical area to allow for privacy and separation while maintaining convenience and workflow. This unit’s dedicated play and activity area creates a playful atmosphere and positive distraction for both patients and families.
The renovation brings the nationally recognized care of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to central Pennsylvania, with the new pediatrics unit providing higher-quality outcomes and better patient and family experiences.
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