Riley Hospital for Children Simon Family Tower at Indiana University Health Supports Patients, Families and Healthcare Professionals
With the opening of the Riley Hospital for Children Simon Family Tower at Indiana University Health, we are truly able to offer a facility that matches the quality of the healthcare professionals who work here. The state-of-the-art technologies and building design further carry out our patient- and family-centered care principles as we deliver the highest quality care to our patients.
The building proudly carries the name of the Simon family, who made a generous $40 million gift in 2007 (the largest gift ever to Riley at IU Health) as a substantial contribution toward attaining our goal to be one of the largest and best children’s hospitals in the nation. Prior to the expansion, Riley operated at capacity nearly every day of the year.
Patient-Focused Amenities Improve Care
This new, 675,000 square foot Riley Simon Family Tower at IU Health contains 10 floors, including our new main lobby where Riley at IU Health welcomes all visitors and entries for inpatient care. The entire facility was designed with input from physicians, medical staff, nurses, patients and their families. Their suggestions resulted in several key enhancements, including:
- All inpatient floors are identical in design. Each is shaped like a “V” with rooms divided into east and west wings. To make it easier for everyone to navigate, all floors are grouped according to specialty, with glass designs, paint colors and artwork changing from wing to wing and floor to floor.
- State-of-the-art diagnostic and medical equipment was selected and installed based on input from healthcare professionals.
- Separate pathways for patients, the public and hospital staff improve the overall patient experience, while increasing patient privacy and controlling infection. For example, the new helipad on top of the Tower is connected by elevator directly to the Emergency Department, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Operating Room. This provides direct access to critical care areas without travel through public corridors.
- Operations within the building have been set up following Lean engineering principles to maximize efficiency and cost effectiveness. Particular attention was paid to the supply and inventory process to ensure staff has access to the right item at the right time in the right place.
- 300 completely private inpatient rooms (larger than the original inpatient rooms that previously housed two patients), each with its own bath and a dedicated family area for rest and relaxation.
- Family-focused amenities on each inpatient floor, such as family lounges, kitchens, business centers, showers, laundry facilities and breast pumping rooms.
- An ecosystem design theme throughout the building, including tropical rainforests, beaches, oceans, forests and mountains. The matching colors, textures, furniture and art boost spirits and provide an escape from the anxiety of illness.
- Photos for Health™, a unique art initiative dedicated to health and well-being, features the work of staff, patients, families and photography enthusiasts. Amateur photographers were invited to submit their original photographs of animals and nature for display. These works of art contribute artistically to the healing environment within the building.
Expansion to Continue in Phases
Different areas of the Riley Simon Family Tower at IU Health will continue to open in phases over the next few years. On the horizon are:
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with 48 beds
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with 60 beds
- 16 State-of-the-Art Operating Rooms
- Two Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories
- Expanded Emergency Department
- Expanded Burn Unit
- Expanded Cancer Center
- Radiology Suite
- Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
- Same-Day Surgery Unit
- Heart Center
- Attached visitor parking garage for inpatients and their families
Construction Quick Facts
The construction of the Riley Simon Family Tower at IU Health includes:
- 90% of all demolished material from the original building was recycled.
- All wood doors and 1,838 light bulbs were removed for recycling prior to demolition.
- All concrete was recycled and crushed into gravel for reuse.
- More than 26,000 pounds of copper pipes were recycled.
- More than 360 tons (720,000 pounds) of rebar is used in the new building.
- Since March 2007, more than 6,000 tons (12 million pounds) of structural steel has been set and more than 7,000 yards of concrete has been poured.
- The new facility’s mechanical and electrical design uses energy conservation practices as appropriate for hospitals.
- The exterior skin is sealed to ensure substantial energy savings.
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