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American Family Children's Hospital has won several awards for innovative designMADISON – In its first year, American Family Children's Hospital has received numerous accolades for its building and interior design.

Wisconsin Builder Magazine named American Family Children's Hospital as the 2007 Top Project, while InBusiness Magazine named it Best New Development or Renovation in the Health Care category. And the Madison chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) awarded the hospital first place in the 2008 Design Competition. A second award from IIDA was given specifically for the maple and Makore (an African wood) table that graces the Community Room on the first floor of the hospital.
Patient-Centered Space

American Family Children's Hospital was designed by HDR Architecture, Inc. and built by J.H. Findorff and Sons, Inc. The innovative features of the hospital bring kid-friendly elements, such as a town square lobby and floors that feature a different Wisconsin-based theme, together with top-of-the-line medical facilities, including one of only five lead-lined cancer treatment rooms in the nation.
"We are a leader in patient and family-centered care," says Jeff Poltawsky, vice president of American Family Children’s Hospital. "Our innovative design has allowed us to create spaces that enable the parent and child to be together throughout their stay."

"Large patient rooms have a zone for the clinicians and a zone for the families," Poltawsky added. "In the family zone, there is a pull-out bed, rocker, bathroom and sink just for the patient and family's use along with kitchens, lounges and laundry facilities on the unit. These features greatly reduce the stress of a child's hospitalization and keep the family close at hand."

Jim Yehle, the project manager from Findorff was quoted by Wisconsin Builder as saying, "They really think about who their patients are. Being able to say, 'Your appointment is in the yellow barnyard hallway' is a lot better than, 'Go down that scary corridor.'"

Yehle is referring to the second floor of American Family Children's Hospital where the specialty clinics are located. Each hallway has a different theme, including barnyard, cats and dogs.

Also unique to the hospital is the Friends of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Positive Image Center. The center, which focuses solely on kids, is the only one of its kind in the nation. There, young patients can find wigs, makeup, and a licensed cosmetologist to help ease their anxiety over losing their hair, or other effects of their illness.

Construction recently completed on the new Pediatric Surgical Pavilion, which is scheduled to open on the third floor of the hospital in late September. With six operating rooms, two procedures rooms and 30 pre-surgery beds, the surgical pavilion is a state-of-the-art facility with the latest in operating room design and technology.
Postive Impact of Design

The National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACRI) released a report recently on the positive impact of the physical design of pediatric health care facilities on patient and staff satisfaction.

"You don't have to look far to see some of their best practice recommendations brought to life in American Family Children's," says Donna Katen-Bahensky, President and CEO at UW Hospital and Clinics. "You can see them in the age appropriate play areas, extensive artwork, state-of-the-art HEPA filters to protect immunocompromised patients and windows facing the outside in the patient rooms."

The list of 2007-2008 Awards received by American Family Children's Hospital includes:

First Place, Healthcare Division
Award of Excellence
IIDA Wisconsin Chapter

Top Projects 2007
The Daily Reporter and Wisconsin Builder Magazine

2007 Concrete Design Award
Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Best of 2007
Healthcare Project of the Year
Midwest Construction Magazine

Best New Development or Renovation – Health Care
Commerical Design Awards
InBusiness Magazine

50 Most Innovative Construction Projects
Midwest Real Estate and Construction Review
Midwest Edition

Since its opening in August 2007, the 60-bed hospital has operated at capacity. An additional 24 in-patient beds, as well as pediatric radiology unit, are planned for the near future.

At American Family Children's Hospital, infants through teenagers receive specialized pediatric care from UW pediatricians who are nationally and internationally known for their clinical research, specifically in the areas of childhood cancer, pulmonology, juvenile diabetes, genetics, transplantation and asthma.

Date Published: 09/18/2008

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