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

March 21, 2002

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 Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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