Each floor will have a different theme, such as waterways, meadows, gardens and parks..A customized icon will help families remember which floor they’re on and find their way back to it; the floor’s theme will provide creative opportunities to engage with children in interactive ways. For example, on the Lake floor, children may push buttons to cause bubbles to rise up through tubes in a wall. On the Park floor, glass in patient rooms may be frosted with leaves that will cast shadows along the floor with a linoleum park path in it.
“We want very ill children to feel soothed but we want children who aren’t as sick to be as engaged as possible, exploring interactive wall art and kicking leaf shadows down the path of their unit,” said Elizabeth Lattimore, chief administrative officer. “We have also been careful to make the design appealing to young children while also making it interesting to teenagers and caregivers, so our older patients and their families know this is their hospital, too.”
The new $145-million building, located on Crittenden Boulevard and attached to the Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital, will be have eight floors and approximately 245,000-square-feet of space dedicated to children and their families. The groundbreaking is planned for September with an expected opening in 2015.
"The new building represents an enormous opportunity to design and configure the space to best serve the way we practice medicine and celebrate health in the 21st century," said Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., William H. Eilinger chair of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief of Golisano Children's Hospital. "We're not only providing the space for parents to participate in the healing process; we're also giving them the tools they will need to keep their children healthy once they leave the hospital. We’re not only providing the equipment our staff needs to do their jobs; we’re also giving them an environment that will welcome them each morning and remind them of what an important part of the Upstate landscape they and the healthy habits they foster are.”
- Ground Floor (Imaging) – Lake
- 1st floor (Lobby) – All New York landscapes
- 3rd floor (NICU) – Meadow
- 4th floor (future OR) – TBD
- 6th floor (future PICU) – Gardens
- 7th floor (General Care) – Park
- 8th floor (General Care) – City