The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital is designed to create a soothing atmosphere of healing--and play--for children and their families.
The hospital's many play spaces offer safe, fun-filled places of refuge where no medical procedures are performed.
On the first floor of Comer Children's, 3,000 square feet is devoted to a dynamic play space for children and their families, including:
- Playroom, a central play space for young children
- Teen room, a private space for teens ages 11 and older
- A family resource library
Additional play spaces are located on floors five and six near the patients' rooms, floor four within the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), and floor three within the pre-op/recovery area. There also is an interactive outdoor space on the first floor adjacent to the playroom.
"We previously used [another local children's hospital] as our main resource, but the play facility at U of C is far superior to theirs, and this will be a factor in our future decision-making."--A recent family