THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE
The building carefully choreographs how patients and families move through and experience the hospital. The first floor emphasizes movement, with sweeping pathways that carry visitors to a café, learning wall, meditation room, family resources, conference center, two gardens and a courtyard. On the upper levels, corridors are designed as an extension of the patient rooms, conceived as streams with eddies. A main tributary curves toward a gathering area with waterfall-like, cascading glass, overlooking the campus. All patient rooms are private and are designed for easy repurposing, with little or no renovation, to accommodate different levels of acuity.
A GARDEN HOSPITAL
Building elements are unified around a recurring theme of nature through the use of images, color, form and texture. Special emphasis is placed on natural light and views of the surrounding landscape, which not only promote healing, but also clarify orientation and wayfinding. Throughout the hospital, views to courtyards and gardens make the surrounding landscape an ever-present part of the indoor experience for children and families.
The new three-floor addition allows the Medical Center to expand their pediatric inpatient care and provide the opportunity to collocate the Labor and Delivery of Women’s Health program with well-baby nursery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The expansion is designed to seamlessly blend into the existing architecture, appearing as though it has always been there. The additional floors add new programs to the facility, as well as serve as a new face upon entry—a true beacon standing taller than any structure on campus.
The consolidation of programming will pave the way to achieving a more comprehensive patient service of the Children’s Hospital. The top floor is home to a state-of-the-art open bay NICU open to beautiful views of the entire town of Hershey. The other floors include a new labor and delivery unit, PIMCU and PACU. The labor and delivery waiting area is one of the most prolific spaces on campus, sitting on the corner of the north façade within a double height glass box open to extraordinary views out. The addition adds 108 new beds, split between inpatient programs including acute care, labor and delivery and pediatrics.
Photography © Warren Jagger Photography (Children’s Hospital), Robert Benson Photography (Vertical Expansion)