June 11, 2014
In less than two weeks, the new Battle Building at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital will open its door for patients and their families. Administrators say every patient has a story, and a storybook theme kept in mind when designing the facility.
From colorful walls, to quirky furniture, and bold art work, the Battle Building has the stamp of a children’s hospital. It's been 10 years since the facility's inception, and every detail has been carefully planned out so maximize the convenience factor for patients and parents, such as a covered walkway linking directly with the garage, to infusion centers so kids can even receive treatment with a friend for a courage boost.
Most important, according to administrators, the entire facility is streamlined so that patients can see every doctor and specialist they need all under one roof. UVa. Director of Children's Services Jim Nataro says this is especially important for patients with chronic illnesses who need the most care.
"What's happened in the past is you could make an appointment with one doctor and the next specialist might be on the other side of town, you'd have to come back on a different day," said Nataro. "So you could come here, be in the waiting area, be brought through the building and have multiple different appointments all in the same day with multiple care givers."
Each floor of the Battle Building is a different color and centered on storybook theme like adventure, discovery or friendship. Stories from “The Secret Garden”, “Jungle Book”, and “Harry Potter” can be found on art work, and in interactive floor to ceiling puzzles.
"The stories are to help distract them, engage them while they are waiting to give them something to do. Also so stimulate imagination and make it more fun to be here for the parts that aren't so fun," said Associate Chief Nursing Officer Karin League.
There will be an open house so the public can tour the new facility this weekend.