Patients at Mercy Children’s Hospital have begun moving into newly constructed rooms today starting with the critically ill patients in St. Louis County’s only pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).
The new PICU offers all-private rooms with bathrooms and a sleep-in area for parents. The rooms are designed similarly to the other pediatric patient rooms, but have the capability to provide the intensive care needed for those patients.
As seen here, co-workers from across Mercy help patients move from the old pediatric intensive care unit to the new one.
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for premature and critically ill newborns will transition into the new private rooms over the next two weeks. The newly expanded NICU will have 98 private rooms, capable of 122 babies, up from 72 beds - becoming Missouri’s largest all-private NICU.
“We are excited to expand the services we have been providing to the community for years,” said Joseph Kahn, MD, chair of pediatrics for Mercy Children’s Hospital. “The new spaces offer private rooms and a more comfortable setting for patients and their families.”
The lobby of the new building opened on June 7 as the temporary main entrance on the Mercy Medical Center campus. It is designed with a nature theme that is carried out through all the Mercy Children’s Hospital units.
Additional growth for Mercy Children’s Hospital includes the opening of the world’s 300th Ronald McDonald House on campus in September. In December, the second phase opening of the new tower will bring together all outpatient services for children as part of the new pediatric outpatient diagnostic center.