Each floor of Comer Children's is inspired by poetry. Selected poems are incorporated into various forms of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, and quilts. The artwork, with its corresponding poems, helps create an environment that inspires hope, healing, and learning. The pieces are hung at varying heights, so children of all sizes - and even adults - can easily see them.
Comfortable, Child-Friendly Rooms
Vibrant colors and large private rooms help children feel more at home. The single rooms are 308 square feet in size - large enough for wheelchairs to move freely. Each room contains a small bookshelf, desk area, and bulletin board. The rooms also have a flat-screen TV/computer where children can access child-appropriate Web sites, send and receive email, listen to music, and watch movies on demand. A child and his or her parents also can regulate the climate and lighting of the room, and adjust the height of the showers.
The sight of medical and technical equipment in a patient room can intimidate or scare children. The equipment is masked by art or is not exposed in Comer Children's. This leaves rooms with a spacious and uncluttered look and creates an environment where children feel secure.
Children will not hear the sound of an overhead paging system. A wireless call system enables patients to page their nurses when the call button is pressed. This makes our hospital a quieter, calmer place for children.
"Room Service" Approach
The "room service" approach to meals at Comer Children's allows children to order food any time between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. by calling 4-FOOD. Each room will have a menu. Food requests are checked to see if they meet the physician's instructions to assure correct food for your child's condition and status. Food is available for a variety of special needs, including vegetarian and kosher cuisine.
Group Play Areas
Play areas let kids be kids. They offer safe, fun-filled places of refuge where no medical procedures are performed. The playroom, a teen room, and an outdoor playground are located on the main floor. Smaller play areas, which provide games, toys, and books, are located on floors three through six.
The 5,000-square-foot outdoor playground provides challenging, yet accessible play equipment for patients and their siblings. The equipment offers varying stages of difficulty, so that children can challenge themselves and independently choose goals that they are ready to accomplish.
Child Life specialists from the Child Life Program offer opportunities for educational, developmental, and therapeutic programs, which include art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, medical bingo, a cooking program, and more. If children are too ill to come to the playroom, events are telecast to the rooms, so they won't miss out. Volunteers also bring toys, books, and games to children's bedsides.