Children’s Hospital on its way to February 2012 opening

By Maegan Vidal

Construction on The Children's Hospital first floor main lobby

Only 8 months away from opening its doors in February 2012, the new home for The Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is 70 percent complete. The hospital will better care for the community by dramatically increasing its capacity to serve kids and families. The new home is nearly four times the size of the current hospital, with nine-stories, 334,000 square-feet and 165 beds. Physicians, nurses and staff will be able to provide holistic care in a world-class family-centered healing environment for the growing number of children in our community with medical needs.

Molly Burchell, M.D., Legacy Health clinical vice president of pediatrics talks about how the new home addresses the needs of the neighborhood, as well as the region. “Oregon’s two children’s hospitals are often at full capacity. As Oregon’s largest provider of pediatric inpatient and trauma services The Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel receives nearly 100,000 visits a year. Our new home will be able to accommodate our region’s children well into the future.”

Significant progress is being made on the busy construction site with nearly 250 workers. The tower crane was removed by an even larger tower crane at the end of May, signifying the completion of major work on the building’s exterior. This summer sheetrock, drywall, framing, rough-in, painting and interior finishes are in progress. The hospital’s interior design is inspired by Oregon’s unique geography, with each floor featuring themes such as the Cascades, coast, desert and Willamette Valley.

Legacy Emanuel’s campus design and community connections have been improved by upgrading campus entry points, pedestrian crossings and landscaping. A new approach to the campus on North Cook Street and North Gantenbein is complete and revisions to the new approach on North Stanton and North Vancouver will start at the end of June making it easier for patients, families and visitors to enter the campus.

The new home’s innovative and sustainable building practices follow the Green Guide for HealthCareTM, a specialized program based on Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED) tailored to the special environments of medical facilities.

The campaign to raise the remainder of the $25 million fundraising goal for the new home of The Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel kicked off in May 2011. Campaign commitments total $12 million to date.

To keep up with the project watch construction live by visiting the new home’s construction webcamFriend The Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel on Facebook and keep up with construction progress, healthy tips for kids and families and community events.