E39 The Medical Behavioral Unit: Enhancing Patient Safety and Experience Through Design

  • Room: Sarasota 1-3
  • Session Number:E39
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Evan Fieldsten MD, MBA, MS
Medical Director of Clinical Operations
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Natalie Hagerty AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, SSGBC
Director of Facilities Planning
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Sue Ann Barton AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C
ZGF Architects LLP


With no known precedent, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pursued a vision to develop a new pediatric patient care unit: one that would meet the requirements and licensure of an acute care unit, but would provide a safe and supportive environment for patients with a comorbid developmental, behavioral, or psychiatric diagnosis. A multidisciplinary team worked together to envision, plan, and design an environment to support a new model of care for this unique population. Key elements of the project—a remodel of an existing unit—include patient, family, and staff health; circadian lighting; biophilic design; and safety.


Learning Objectives

Hear the about the patient needs that drove the development of the MBU concept. Identify what unique programmatic and design elements differentiate the MBU from a typical acute care unit. Explore how circadian lighting is implemented to improve patient and staff health and well-being. Summarize the unique model of care and design developed for the MBU.

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