Cures and Campouts
Hospital visits can be scary, particularly for kids who have to keep coming back. When we were called on to expand and update the St. Vincent Hospital pediatric oncology/hematology clinic, we sought to provide an engaging space that would offer fresh opportunities for diversion and discovery.
Building on biophilic healing research, the theme incorporates natural elements, with features suggestive of clouds, stepping stones, waterways and grassy meadows. Design elements are figurative not literal, creating a space that invites interpretation and imaginative play and fits children of all ages, from toddler to teen.
Private treatment rooms were updated with soundproofing and white noise modules, to support patient privacy and reduce anxiety. Color-changing LEDs provide calming distractions. And in the ceiling of the procedure rooms—where some of the more significant procedures take place—we crafted a twinkly, fiber optic night sky with real-world constellations.
Today, hospital specialists might set up a tent and host a mock campout under the stars before a big procedure. This helps ease the nerves of anxious kids and makes that room less scary.
“When parents see something that puts their kids at ease, they feel better too.” – Christine Brown, healthcare design and patient-centered environments
Prevea Health at St. Vincent’s Hospita Clinic
Green Bay, Wi