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Building Hope: Cancer, Critical and Emergency Care Expansion


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Improving Care in Our Community

Seattle Children’s made a promise more than 100 years ago to help children in our community grow up without illness or injury. During the coming year, we will complete a number of projects that help us honor that promise.

These important improvements respond to growth in our community and address urgent needs of the children and families we serve. They continue an expansion process that began with the opening of Building Hope – now known as the Forest zone – in 2013. With ongoing support from generous donors, these latest improvements within the Forest zone and throughout our hospital will enable us to help more children and families when and where they need us most.

  • We’re adding 64 new patient rooms in the Forest zone, half for medical/surgical patients and half for Intensive Care Unit patients.
  • Completion of a rooftop terrace will give hospital patients, families, visitors and staff a place to take a stroll, or rest and reflect in a garden setting adjacent to the Cancer Care Unit.
  • We’re building two state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization (“cath”) labs to provide heart catheterization, stent placement and other cardiovascular care. Located outside the former Emergency Department in the Mountain zone, the labs are designed to double as operating rooms so patients won’t need to move if they require surgery.
  • Our existing Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU), located in the River zone, is constantly full. To meet a critical need in our community, we’re expanding the IPU from 20 to 41 beds – all single-patient rooms that can accommodate a parent staying with their child.
  • We’re building a bigger and better equipped kitchen in the Forest zone. The new kitchen will enable us prepare meals to order using fresh ingredients and better respond to the individual dietary needs of patients throughout the hospital.
  • We’re opening a new and expanded clinic in Federal Way to serve the growing population in the south end of King County and north end of Pierce County. The 37,000-square-foot facility will provide urgent care, X-ray, infusion, physical therapy and more than 15 types of specialty care ranging from endocrinology to orthopedics. The clinic will open in summer 2015.

Help Us Build Hope

Help Us Build Hope  

Caring for the community is our passion and our privilege. You can help us provide the best care to all children by supporting our efforts to expand and improve care.

  • Donate online: check "Other" and specify Building Hope Project.
  • Email us or call Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation for more information at 206-987-2153.

Building Hope Videos


This Is Where Hope Thrives

Watch how the beautiful, healing environment of Building Hope provides improved patient care and comfort. It helps us keep our promise to the community – providing compassionate, family-centered care to the children who need it most. It’s not just concrete and steel, it’s hope.


First Patients Move into Building Hope

Seattle Children’s Building Hope adds 330,000 square feet and 80 new beds to help treat the region’s sickest children. On April 21, 2013, care teams moved patients into Building Hope’s new cancer and critical care units.

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