Building Care: Expanding the Hospital’s Main Campus
Meeting the Needs of a Growing Region
Building Care will expand the hospital’s clinical space and allow us to treat more patients to meet the growing demand for our services in the region.
Building Care is a 310,000-square-foot addition to Seattle Children’s Hospital’s main campus. The new building will serve as the new front door to the hospital when it opens in Spring 2022.
With eight floors above ground, one below ground and three levels of underground parking, patients visiting the new building will be treated in eight new operating rooms (ORs), two catheterization labs, 20 additional inpatient rooms, a new outpatient clinical space for the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center (CBDC) and an outpatient infusion center. The building will also feature a new, additional retail pharmacy and new inpatient pharmacy, new laboratory space and new sterile processing space.
The new building supports the hospital’s Strategic Plan for growth and will provide modern clinical facilities with the technology and space to allow for the integration of research and patient care. The building is designed to allow for greater collaboration between research and clinical care, particularly for cancer patients, to bring the latest technology and innovations in care to the bedside.
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Changing the Model of Care
Building Care is implementing an innovative operational design that will transform patient care at the hospital. The design team is applying lean concepts to eliminate waste and improve the patient flow and care processes.
What this means for patients:
- The new ORs and cath labs are designed with an induction room, allowing patient families to remain with their child until they are sedated before a surgery or procedure. This has been shown to reduce patient stress and has the potential to improve patient outcomes.
- The new histology and pathology laboratories are located in close proximity to the ORs to support our most complicated surgical cases. The new design facilitates the conversation between the surgeon and pathologist in real time, allowing faster processing of specimens and reducing the amount of time a patient is sedated in the OR.
- The new CBDC clinic utilizes a patient-centric design by employing a universal room where all services are coordinated and come to the patient. Multidisciplinary team and consult visits, blood draws, infusion and follow-up tests are done in one space. The new design reduces the amount of time patients spend at the hospital and also creates efficiencies in scheduling and staffing.
- By redesigning the way sterile instrumentation is managed after a surgery or procedure, the team has reduced the processing time from 24 hours to less than 10 hours. This change saves staff time, improves quality, reduces the amount of redundant instrumentation and creates efficiencies in how we schedule the ORs.
- The new outpatient pharmacy will focus on providing all discharge and emergency department (ED) medications. Its location near the ED and the inpatient units makes it easy to access and the new design avoids patient queueing and provides private spaces for educating families on proper dosing of medications.
- Improvements to the design of the new inpatient pharmacy improves medication delivery times and optimizes technology to better facilitate the medication preparation process. This change means faster delivery to the patient, less wasted medicine and high levels of safety.
Breaking Ground on Building Care
On December 5, 2018, we celebrated the groundbreaking of Building Care with our construction partners, members of the media and other Seattle Children’s supporters.
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