Media Advisory: New Hospital Mock Rooms Media Open House

December 7, 2010

New Hospital Mock Rooms Media Open House
A sneak peak inside the new Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
10:30 a.m. – media opportunity

Mock Rooms inside the old Kroger building near the downtown campus of Nationwide Children’s – accessible off of Kennedy Dr.; Kennedy Dr. only accessible off of E. Livingston Ave.
*To view a map of the event location and for parking instructions, click on the link to the right; or call (614) 355-0495 to have a map e-mailed to you

Formal program to include comments from:
-Abigail Wexner, Chair, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Board of Directors
-Steve Allen, MD, CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
-Patty McClimon, Senior VP of Planning and Facilities, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

For the first time since announcing the master facilities plan, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will publically unveil the clinical interiors of its new main hospital, which is on target to open in June 2012.

In a facility near Nationwide Children’s downtown campus, the hospital has been testing everything from color palettes and furniture design, to patient room layout and Emergency Department (ED) trauma suite functionality. The mock space is a cost-saving measure. Hundreds of staff, nurses and doctors and more importantly, patient families, toured the rooms and gave their feedback. Based on their valuable input, numerous changes have been made and incorporated in the mock rooms, saving the hospital time and money it would have taken to make those adjustments in the new hospital.

For example, a mock trauma was staged in the ED trauma suite to test the functionality of the entire emergency team making sure equipment placement and room layout was optimized. Also, patients and families involved in the hospital’s teen and parent advisory councils were very vocal about details, such as the amount of storage and the bathtub design in the private patient rooms.

Rooms in the mock space include a patient room, a critical care room, an ED trauma suite and exam room, an elevator bay, a hospital corridor and a nurse station.

Mary Ellen Peacock
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Media Relations
(614) 355-0495
Cell: (614) 937-7316

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at