By Roxanne Squires
NEW YORK CITY — NYU Langone Health opened the doors to its new inpatient facility this past summer, the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, adding 1.2 million square feet of significant healthcare space and making it one of the largest construction projects in Manhattan.
The expansion adds 21 stories and 830,000 square feet, including 11 patient floors, to NYU Langone’s hospital space. It includes 374 exclusively single-bedded rooms to provide privacy to patients and their families, reduce the risk of infection and improve staff workflow.
Within the new pavilion is the first pediatric hospital built in New York City in nearly 15 years – the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital — a 160,000-square-foot facility providing 68 single-patient rooms, making it the only pediatric inpatient facility offering this feature in Manhattan.
The new pediatric facility accomplishes a uniquely child-friendly and family-oriented design by providing a separate street entrance and elevator lobby exclusive to pediatric services; a pediatric procedures center as well as dedicated pediatric acute care and intensive care units; overnight accommodations for a parent, if desired, for a child’s entire hospital stay; a family resource room, teen room, expressive arts room, consult rooms, etc.; and lastly, a landscaped outdoor garden with widespread city views.
The space features imaginative artwork which incapsulates New York seen through the eyes of a child, including a replica of the Statue of Liberty made entirely of LEGO® bricks and a three-story sculpture of a Dalmatian balancing a taxicab on it nose.
Also included in the facility is “MyWall”, an interactive screen that is installed in every child’s patient room, and dedicated areas for children of all ages, including a Teen Room, a Multisensory Playroom, an Expressive Arts Room, and Skyline Studio— providing a broadcast hub where children can create their own multimedia productions.
In addition to this, there are a variety of activities for kids and their loved ones during their stay, including theater and music performances, game and movie nights, and yoga and relaxation groups for parents. Families have access to many amenities at the Family Resource Lounge, including laundry facilities, showers, a family lounge, snack center, and computer work stations.
“The opening of our new Kimmel Pavilion and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital location is the culmination of more than a decade of planning and construction, reflecting our overall vision to grow as a world-class, patient-centered, integrated academic health system focused on quality and excellence in clinical care, education, and research,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, Saul J. Farber Dean and chief executive officer of NYU Langone.
Kimmel also features many new innovations that can only be found at NYU Langone – standing as one of the most most technologically integrated and digitally advanced hospitals in the country.
New innovations include: a fleet of robots transports meals, linens, supplies, and medication and removes hazardous waste throughout Kimmel, freeing up staff to focus on caring for patients.
The first of their kind in the nation, Digital Medication Drawers are located outside each patient room and synced to a patient’s EHR to ensure they are receiving a personalized inventory of medications. This works to improve the efficiency and safety of medication management and administration, which data from health systems nationwide show is one of the most difficult processes to manage.
Buzz OR/AV Management is a high-resolution display that integrates several information systems to allow surgeons and other members of the care team in our state-of-the-art operating rooms to visualize a case in real-time, and even interact with pathologists in the lab.
Clinical Mobile Companions are a suite of unique applications installed on 2,600 mobile devices—designed for convenient use by nurses, doctors, and other care team members to provide better quality patient care and improve productivity and communication among the clinical staff. Clinical Mobile Companions were designed by and for NYU Langone.
Staff Terminal—Nurse Call System is an intelligent call system that allows nurses to stay in contact with patients and the broader care team, improving the flow of communications and decreasing response time while also minimizing errors and other tasks that might draw nurses away from patient care.