Children's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Awarded Prestigious Design Citation

Seattle, WA: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was recently awarded the annual Design Citation from a respected consortium of medical profession organizations.


Seattle, WA: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was recently awarded the annual Design Citation from a respected consortium of medical profession organizations. The award was presented to Children’s on January 27, 2002, during the annual conference of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) in San Diego.

The Design Citation recognizes an ICU that combines functional design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care through innovative aesthetic and creative design features. In winning the award, Children’s was identified as demonstrating a commitment to creating a healing environment, promoting safety and security, and improving efficiency.

“Winning this Design Citation is a reflection of Children’s ‘high touch, high tech’ approach to pediatric care,” said Dr. Craig Jackson, Infant Intensive Care Unit Medical Director at Children’s. “The physicians and nurses collaborated with a fine architecture group to create an Infant Intensive Care Unit both technologically superior and pioneering in terms of comfort, privacy, and the ability to customize the environment for each patient and family.”

As one of the first pediatric hospitals in the nation to adopt this innovative design, Children’s allows its staff to focus more on bedside care, and parents and patients to feel more welcome and comfortable. Children’s Intensive Care Unit features a compelling, single configuration of newborn units, rather than the traditional “nursery” model of housing newborns in one large room. This design offers increased privacy for patients and families, and enables the medical staff to customize the room environment - including sound, temperature and lighting - for each newborn’s individual needs.

The Design Citation was sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), and the American Institute of Architects Academy on Architecture for Health (AIA-AAH).

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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