West Virginia University Medicine
Women and Children's Hospital

West Virginia University Medicine has embarked on a strategic initiative to offer an expanded, full complement of specialty pediatric care to the children of West Virginia.  This is being accomplished through a robust recruitment program of nationally recognized physicians.  To support these physicians and the expansion of care, a new building is being designed for the campus along with a medical office building.  This facility is fully self-sufficient and will house inpatient and outpatient services in a state-of-the-art environment focusing around family-centered care.

Patient rooms support parental stays, and each unit has numerous family amenities to reduce stress levels during their child’s stay. Families and patients have greater control of their environment including, lighting, temperature, blinds, television content, gaming, and room color. Units are set up in neighborhoods to bring care closer to the patient and reduce steps of caregivers to maximize their face time with patients.  Each neighborhood is self-sufficient in terms of support spaces.

The NICU is organized around a single room model to support clinically proven best practices and advanced treatment protocols.  Provisions are made for multiple births to be in the same room and families will have lockers, showers, respite spaces, and nesting rooms to prepare for bringing their child home.

The Labor and Delivery component offers birthing options for families and is a fully self-contained unit with three C-Section Suites, advanced infant resuscitation area and an antepartum suite to support at risk pregnancies.

Despite the challenging site’s topography and limited size, the building has a purposeful visual connection to the University’s football stadium to foster a strengthening of the relationship between athlete and patient and install some element of normalcy for the patient.

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