Albany Medical Center needed to renovate and expand its congested Pediatric ICU to modernize equipment and service delivery. The PICU’s relocation to an underutilized wing, adjacent to the existing Pediatric Medical-Surgical Unit and Neonatal ICU, reinforced the facility’s identity for regional pediatric services as “The Children’s Hospital.”
The 14,000 square foot, $4.4 Million project is located in an aging eight story building and features seventeen glass-fronted private patient rooms including two infection control rooms and two protective environment rooms. Each is equipped with a ceiling-suspended medical services column that allows flexible patient positioning. Eight nursing mini-stations enable flexible patient coverage and excellent visual connection and proximity to patients. Four private sleep rooms allow parents to stay overnight with immediate access to their critically ill children.
Warm colors, indirect and variable lighting, and a playful design motif accent the healing environment. A residentially scaled waiting room and sunroom were sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House Foundation.