Seattle Children’s Hospital Unveils New Inpatient Psychiatry Unit

PBMU Living Room

Space will eventually double capacity, allow hospital to better serve children in need

Seattle Children’s Hospital today unveilded its new Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit, which, when fully completed in spring 2015, will double capacity and allow the hospital to better serve area children in need of inpatient mental health services.

The 25-bed unit unveiled today will be open later this month and features single-patient rooms that can accommodate a parent; soothing nature views from most rooms; classroom and group spaces; and communal spaces to encourage socialization. Phase 2, which will open next year, will include an additional 16 patient rooms as well as a community space and outdoor porch.

“The entire space was designed with patient and family input, as well as input from staff members, to ensure the utmost comfort and safety for our patients as well as those caring for them,” said Dr. Bryan King, director of psychiatry and behavioral medicine and program director of Seattle Children's Autism Center.

Top features in the new unit include:

  • Family Reception Area – a welcoming space for patients and families at the entrance of the unit.
  • Classroom Space – the new unit will include a classroom to help patients stay caught up on their schoolwork while they are staying in the unit. It will also allow treatment teams to observe and evaluate kids for diagnoses, medication and behavioral intervention.
  • Comfort Room – designed to offer patients a soothing and calming environment, the comfort room offers a space to help reduce patient stress.
  • Single-Patient Rooms – private rooms offer a space for a child and caregiver to stay overnight. The rooms are also equipped to serve patients with unique medical needs.
  • Group Room – the group room is a space where therapy groups can be conducted to help patients work on coping skills and to learn to manage emotions and stressful situations.
  • Living Rooms – a place where kids can hang out with friends or family members.
  • Dining and Social Area – specifically designed for patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), this space can also be used for social activities.

“Our goal with the design of this unit was to make it as comfortable as possible for patients and their families while also incorporating components that are key to their recovery,” said King.

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