When Hopkins Children's opened the doors to its new 205-bed Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center building on May 1, 2012, families and visitors entered a world designed for 21st century pediatric medicine. From its soaring lobby, large operating rooms equipped for the most technically complex procedures imaginable, spacious patient rooms and welcoming family facilities, the new building is designed to elevate the hospital experience to match the quality of the medicine it affords. The Children's Center is 12 stories hight and 560,000 square feet.
The Division of Pediatric Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
Pediatric oncology is located on the 11th floor of the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center. On this floor, our inpatient and outpatient treatment areas are immediately adjacent to each other. Every child staying overnight has a private room, with a sleep sofa to accommodate parents. Our pediatric patients and their families can enjoy meals on demand, a food court offering selections for all different tastes and in-room video gaming. Patients of all sizes have been enjoying the two-story indoor play area on the same floor as our pediatric oncology units, where pediatric patients can hula hoop, play basketball or get creative with arts and crafts. Read more.
Read about the new Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center and take a peek of a photo journal of the developing interiors and more in Hopkins Children's Magazine, Winter 2011 edition
Connecting Cancer Care for Children
For children with cancer, continuity of care is essential. That was the response of Pediatric Oncology Director Donald Small and his staff when asked years ago for input on the design of the new Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and its pediatric oncology inpatient unit. So rather than just build an inpatient unit, why not add an adjacent pediatric oncology outpatient unit?
“From the point of view of our patients and their families, as well as our physicians, fellows, nurses and other staff, the improvement in continuity of care would be tremendous,” Small said at the time.