Children's Hospital of Philadelphia renovated a full floor of the South Tower to accommodate a 24-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. A portion of the rooms in this new 20,000 SF space were designed for ICU patients. The design team worked closely with the EMU staff and Facilities and Construction department to develop a floor plan that reflected the work flow and responded to the adjacency requirements of daily activities in the unit. A new headwall design was developed through collaboration with nurses and doctors working on the unit.
Designing a medical facility for children requires a special understanding of the lives of these patients, some of whom will spend extensive periods of time in this unit. Care was taken with finishes, and programming amenities such as family areas and recreation rooms, to make patients stays more comfortable and engaging.
The new unit was occupied and operational in November 2010.