A tour from the ground up

January 4, 2011
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The new Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has been built with a child-friendly design to make children feel comfortable and safe across its 14 floors and 440,000 square feet of space. There are places for parents to stay overnight and rooms for children to play in and be entertained. Much of the hospital’s artwork and design elements were created by children, with valuable assistance from local artists.

Here is a floor-by-floor breakdown of the hospital’s physical layout:

Floor D: Underground valet parking for the emergency department, along with meeting rooms and open space for clinical staff.

Floor C: Emergency department, diagnostic imaging, two endoscopy suites, four procedure rooms and sedation services.

Floor A: Surgery, anesthesia, cardiac catheterization.

Floor 1 and 2: Two-story main lobby with three entrances, including a circular driveway drop-off, access from the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital lobby, and a bridge from the 35 Michigan St. NE ambulatory care center. A gift shop, safety store, family resource center, restaurant, outdoor children’s garden, interactive play area and classroom spaces are also at this level.

Floor 3: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 40 private rooms connected to the adjacent third floor NICU in Butterworth Hospital.

Floor 4: Mechanical and ventilation.

Floor 5: A shell-space floor for future expansion.

Floor 6: A 24-bed inpatient medical and surgical level with 370-square-foot private rooms.

Floor 7: A 24-bed inpatient surgical level for children recovering from neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, general surgery, or kidney transplantation. Also includes the hospital classroom, which is part of the Child Life Services program.

Floor 8: A 24-bed pediatric intensive care unit for children with life-threatening illnesses or traumatic injuries, or for those recovering from major operations. Also includes the inpatient hospital pharmacy.

Floor 9: A 24-bed medical and surgical unit devoted to children with cancer and those recovering from bone-marrow transplants or neurosurgery.

Floor 10: Outpatient pediatric hematology, oncology, bone-marrow transplants and an infusion therapy clinic diagnostic testing area for children with hearing disorders and for those needing audiology services. Also a 10-bed pediatric sleep lab and a six-bed epilepsy monitoring unit are on this level.

Floor 11: Areas for families, a 600-square-foot multi-faith chapel, multipurpose rooms, and space for Child Life activities such as therapeutic recreation, medical play, and arts and crafts. Also includes four family sleep rooms and laundry and kitchenette facilities.

Source: Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, December 2010

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