The new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Sisters Health System Hospital (HSHS) St John’s Children’s Hospital (Springfield, Ill.) Has more than double the space in the 56-bed facility. As the only Level III NICU in the region, the facility attracts patients from 39 counties in central Illinois, some of whom must make decisions about other children’s care and care. at home and spending time with her newborn at some distance.
The basis for the project is rooted in the principles of evidence-based conception (EBD): the sooner, and more holistically, the family is involved in the recovery of children, the better the results will be. Prior to designing the installation, an EBD workshop set specific indicators to be measured both in the old and new environments to support this premise — specifically, family hours spent with the child prior to discharge, average duration. of stay and readmission rate.
The project, opened in March 2021, sought to give priority to family-centered care. It has private rooms that support the ability for families to spend the night, which was not feasible in the old space that was in pod style. In addition, the unit offers a hybrid nursing model with three quarters of branded care team and a milk lab where milk technicians can fortify breast milk or a formula with additional nutrients customized for each patient.
For the first time, HSHS St.John’s will offer couple care, bringing the mother and baby NICU into the same room while the mother remains in hospital in post-partum recovery. The premise of the couple concept is that the parent-child bond is accelerated by facilitating immediate skin-to-skin contact and the onset of breastfeeding, which ultimately results in better outcomes for the child.
Aesthetically, it has been cared for to ensure that the concept appeals to the whole family. Reflective attention has been given to care spaces and light-filled corridors. The clean and bright interior was then accentuated with simple shapes, bold pop of color, and custom botanical graphics. These elements support street research and help emphasize smaller neighborhoods across the floor.
The upcoming phase now will include family amenities including living room, kitchen and suites reserved for sleeping through the night.
Installation name: HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital
Location: Springfield, Ill.
Completion Date: Phase 1, March 2021; phase 2, October 2021
Owner: Hospital Sisters Health System
Total area of construction: 36,600 sq. M. Ft. (Renovation)
Total construction cost: $ 11 million
Cost / sq. ft: $ 300 / sq. ft.
Architectural firm: Kahler Slater
Interior design: Kahler Slater
General Contractor: O’Shea Builders
Engineering: Korda / Nemeth Engineering
Manufacturer: O’Shea Builders