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September 28, 2021updated 17 Nov 2021 8:12am

Cincinnati Children’s completes new $600m critical care facility

The new building adds 249 private rooms and will house three intensive care units along with a bigger emergency department.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has completed the construction of a new $600m Critical Care Building at its main campus in Avondale, Arizona, US.

Built over three years, the new eight-storey, 632,500ft2 facility is said to be the largest expansion undertaken by the hospital to date.

The facility bolsters and improves services for children, including emergency care and newborn or paediatric intensive care, bone marrow transplants and cardiac care.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center president and CEO Michael Fisher said: “The Critical Care Building is a remarkable achievement in the 138-year-history of Cincinnati Children’s.

“This new facility, which is the largest expansion ever undertaken at Cincinnati Children’s, is the result of a collaboration with our patients, families, staff, board, donors, and community.”

The Critical Care Building will see the addition of 249 private rooms that are 50% larger than existing patient rooms.

Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit will be moved to the new facility, which will also have spaces for Bone Marrow Transplant and Complex Airway.

Cincinnati Children’s runs one of the busiest paediatric emergency departments in the US, serving more than 60,000 patients annually, the medical centre noted.

The emergency department in the new building is three times bigger in size and spans 90,000ft2. The added space is allotted to enhance workflow, team medicine, embedded imaging and pharmacy.

Cincinnati Children’s added that the new critical care facility is the world’s first medical building to have spectral lighting, which was created by researchers at the medical centre.

Designed to mimic natural sunlight, spectral lighting is intended to support healthy sleep cycles and induce growth for newborns.

Patients will be moved into the new facility beginning in early November this year.

In May this year, Cincinnati Children’s announced the start of construction works on its new inpatient mental health facility in College Hill, Ohio, US.

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