Children's National Medical Center

Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Children's National Medical Center | Washington, D.C., US
Washington, District Of Columbia, USA

With the client's guiding principles in mind, HDR designed the fit-out of a new inpatient pediatric floor at this pre-eminent healthcare facility which has served the area's children for 140 years. The significant challenge in this project was to have the floor "match" the layout of the existing hospital, yet inject some new design ideas while following previously established hospital guidelines.

The beds and the unit were designed as universal, or acuity-adaptable, for maximum flexibility. Each patient room is standardized and same-handed, the first of its kind in the hospital. The rooms are also zoned to allow medical staff quick access to patients, while accommodating family in a separate zone. This encourages optimum family participation in patient care.

Other overall guiding principles identified were patient and family-centered care, with private rooms, a safe, secure and quiet environment, decentralized services and staff, efficient flow of staff and work processes, and improved signage and wayfinding.