All rooms at the new home for the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital‚ Fairview‚ will be private and family-friendly. They will be 390 square feet each‚ about 75 percent larger than standard hospital rooms.
All children’s hospital rooms also will have sleeper sofas to make overnight stays more comfortable for parents. Additionally‚ the rooms will be equipped with kitchen tables‚ microwaves‚ and mini-fridges and will have in-room office areas to make them more like home‚ says Russell Williams‚ vice president of the patient experience at the hospital.
Adopt A Rooms will have all of those features‚ plus many others to help keep children occupied and comfortable. Plans for “adopted” rooms include largescreen TVs for watching movies‚ table space for playing games or doing homework‚ and even a way to explore the outdoors using a zoom camera on the hospital’s roof.
Plans also include bedside consoles that children can use to control the lighting and color of their rooms.
“Children lose control of their lives when they are diagnosed‚” says Brian Schepperle‚ who with David Millington came up with the idea for Adopt A Rooms. “We wanted to give a little of that control back to them.”
Since the first two Adopt A Room suites in the current children’s hospital location opened in November 2006‚ they’ve been getting rave reviews from children and parents alike.
“Families really appreciate being able to stay together during their child’s hospitalization‚ and children like the control they have within the rooms‚” Williams says. “The kids want all hospital rooms to be like Adopt A Rooms. Working together with the Minnesota Medical Foundation‚ we’ll aim to grant their wish.”