Miller Children’s Patients Help with Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Renovation

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Miller Children’s patients working alongside their care teams and construction crew to create a temporary art piece in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit undergoing renovations.

Miller Children’s patients working alongside their care teams and construction crew to create a temporary art piece in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit undergoing renovations.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach is undergoing an expansion and Turner Construction – the company responsible for building the Miller Children’s pavilion in 2010 – needed some help from the pediatric patients to liven up the construction zone.

Patients were joined by their families, care teams and the Turner Construction crew to create a giant temporary art piece on a wall in the renovated area of the PICU. The PICU outgrew its space, and in order to meet the growing need of the community, Miller Children’s launched its PICU Expansion Project.

“We are very excited about the PICU expansion project as we are going to be able to provide brand new, all private, state-of-the-art rooms to our patients and families,” says Bronwyn Stackleather, clinical operations manager, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Miller Children’s. “In our PICU right now, we have lots of temporary walls and construction zones, so we thought what better way to bring a little fun and color to our area than to let our patients get involved and paint the walls!”

Miller Children’s patients showing off their artistic skills.

Miller Children’s patients showing off their artistic skills.

Being able to participate in this special art project not only allows patients and families to feel a part of the PICU expansion project, it helps make the hospital experience a more positive one. Research shows that using the creative process of designing art helps improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of patients during a stressful and emotional hospitalization.

The expanded PICU will include eight new, private patient rooms, a new PICU classroom and a new Pediatric Pharmacy. The PICU renovation will be done in three phases and is projected to be complete by early 2018.

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