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The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - Design for the Forgotten Middle

September 2021

The Workshop 

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is a critical care setting in the field of pediatric care, but is often not the subject of focus and innovation in the design of these setting to support evolving patient populations and care processes.

Join us for this virtual interactive, collaborative, problem-solving workshop intended to enable project stakeholders (designers, facility executives, administrators, and care providers) to employ physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care in the PICU. Representatives from internationally acclaimed children’s hospitals will share insights into the latest developments and future direction for the PICU. The esteemed faculty will present evidence-based design studies and best practices that integrate architecture, design and technology with innovative medical practice to create high quality, high-tech care in a safe and enriching environment. Attendees also will benefit from interactive scenario breakouts and share questions and ideas with the owners and faculty throughout the event. 



Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

Natalie Miovski Hagerty, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, SSGBC, Senior Director, Facilities Planning, Design and Informatics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Opening Keynote Presentation

Margaret A. Priestley, MD, Attending Intensivist in Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Owner’s Panel & Discussion  

Facilitator: Natalie Miovski Hagerty, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, SSGBC, Senior Director, Facilities Planning, Design and Informatics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

SueEllen Donahoe, LEED AP, Director, Facilities Planning and Design, Boston Children’s Hospital
Jill Pearsall, Senior Vice President of Facilities, Planning, Development, & Real Estate Services, Texas Children’s Hospital
Michael Browning, Vice President of Design, Construction, and Space Management, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


Audience Q&A with Owners Panel


The Critical Role of Art in Critical Care

Upali Nanda, PhD., Assoc. AIA, EDAC, ACHE, Director of Research, Principal, HKS

Ana Pinto Alexander, FIIDA, EDAC, RID, Director of Health Interiors, Principal, HKS


Key Scenarios & Virtual Breakout Discussions

In smaller, virtual breakout groups, attendees will have the opportunity to further discuss various topics that are being debated in PICU settings today. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Critical patients vs complex patients
  • The future of the playroom in the PICU
  • Centralization vs decentralization nursing stations
  • Family spaces to meet the needs parents/caregivers


Breakout Discussion Report Back


Power of Play in Pediatric Environments

Hayley Freilich, EDAC, PMP, Director of Healthcare & Patient Experience, METCALFE


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Patient Room Design: A Graphical Systems Analysis

Nora Colman, MD, Associate Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Division, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Emory University School of Medicine


Research Case Studies and Vignettes

Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC, Vice President for Research, The Center for Health Design

Melissa Piatkowski, M.S., EDAC, Research Associate, The Center for Health Design


Concluding Panel Discussion