You can feel it. Excitement is building here at Children’s Hospital as March begins. This is the month so many of us have been planning for over the past several years – the opening of the new west tower.
This past week, the west tower became home to the hospital’s pharmacy. The move was well choreographed, and went extremely smoothly – with all of our patient care needs uninterrupted. With one move under our belt, we are excited about opening the new expansive lobby and front doors on Monday, March 30. Shortly after that we will open the critical care units on Monday, April 6, and then the acute care units and Herma Heart Center at the end of April and beginning of May respectively.
Once the west tower opens, we will be able to breathe easier. High patient census has created some challenges, and the need to double up patients in rooms has been difficult for our staff and the families we serve. The west tower will allow the hospital to expand from 8 to 11 patient care units, and to offer 100 percent private inpatient rooms for our patients and families.
Family amenities in the new tower have been well thought out with better spaces for parents to stay with their children. Private bathrooms, separate lighting and televisions, and wireless Internet access will be part of the new rooms. Floors also provide quiet spaces for family members to step away from patient rooms to reflect and relax.
The new lobby will provide enhanced amenities. A new Welcome Center will help support families by checking them in and providing direction to help them get where they need to go quickly. Café West, also located in the lobby, is a new dining option for our families and will have an inviting environment. The Daniel M. Soref Family Resource Center is growing and will provide even more great information and resources to the community. The beautiful new nondenominational Chapel is a quiet retreat for families and staff.
If you have not yet had a chance to peek at what the west tower will look like, you can take a virtual tour at ThisisMYChildrens.org. And in less than thirty days the virtual will become reality as we open our new doors to our community – marking the next phase in Children’s Hospital’s history.
Did I mention we’re excited?
- Nancy Korom, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is designated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.