The New Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
In December 2010, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital opened the doors of its new $340 million facility, lifting the level of pediatric care in the region. The new Le Bonheur allows the hospital to continue to be a resource for families, recruit and retain top talent and expand the science behind pediatric medicine for decades to come. The new hospital is designed to serve the children of our area for the next 50 years and beyond. Everything from interior design to state-of-the-art technology is focused on one thing - providing exceptional care for children. The new hospital was made possible thanks to a generous community, who donated more than $110 million to build the new hospital.
The major expansion effort resulted in a near doubling of campus space (more than 1 million sq. feet) and an increase of inpatient beds (now 255). Advanced technological features were implemented in the sustainable new building, all part of our larger focus on family-centered care.
From the moment a family checks in, they’ll experience technology improving customer service and care. Each patient room will include a High Definition 32-inch flat screen television. And through that television, families will be eventually be able order meals, make notes in the child’s medical record and browse the Internet. Physicians and nurses can also use the system to show educational programs specific to a child’s diagnosis.
The fully integrated operating rooms provide advanced options for surgeons and staff. From a central touch screen station in each OR, the staff is able to adjust temperature and lighting. Cameras are able to record each surgery and map it to a conference room, giving physicians in training an opportunity to observe. In addition, Le Bonheur is one of handful of children’s hospitals with a 3T intraoperative MRI. The iMRI is located in the neurosurgical operating room and will provide high resolution images before, during and after an operation.
More than half of the beds in the new hospital are devoted to infants and children who need the highest levels of care. Satellite pharmacies located in each critical care areas allow quick, safe access to medications and pharmacists.
Research shows children recover faster when they’re surrounded by a support system and people they love. We believe that the family and child should be kept together as a unit throughout the whole health care process. That’s why all patients have a private room that is designed to accommodate sleeping space for two parents. Playrooms and family rooms give families a place to gather and relax.
In the design and construction of the new Le Bonheur, we considered how to build, save and live green. The triple bottom line of energy efficiency, economic efficiency and social responsibility guided the innovative design of the hospital. Pending approval, Le Bonheur will be the fifth LEED-certified children’s hospital in the nation.