Today we hosted an open house for our new pediatric intensive care unit in St. Paul. We’re very excited about this new 17,000-square-foot unit, which features 12 private patient rooms and opens in early August.
The Children’s Hospital Association PICU provides care for some of the most critically ill children in the region. In 2010, nearly 500 patients from 10 different states were treated at the Children’s-St. Paul PICU.
The rooms, which were designed with input from Children’s patient families and staff, feature pull-out sofas, in-room refrigerators, spacious closets, and private bathrooms to make it easier for families to stay with their child. The new PICU space also offers four family sleep rooms, private consult space, a family lounge, and a 6,000-square-foot rooftop garden. The PICU has been fully funded through a generous $1 million gift from the Children’s Hospital Association.
The new PICU marks the completion of another milestone in Children’s multi-year $300 million expansion. Construction and renovation of the Minneapolis hospital was completed last year. Other projects scheduled for St. Paul’s campus include a 30,000-square-foot surgery center, an emergency department featuring updated trauma rooms, and a new welcome area scheduled to be completed later this year.