Children's Pavilion Opens at Lutheran General Hospital
Carrel, Elisabeth, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Elisabeth Carrel Daily Herald Staff Writer
The $20 million Victor Yacktman Children's Pavilion opened at the east end of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge last month. It serves more than 3,500 pediatric inpatients and 100,000 outpatients each year.
The 80,000-square-foot pavilion has a drum-shaped, three-story entrance leading to primary care examination rooms furnished with child-sized tables and chairs.
The decor is child-centered throughout, featuring aquatic, rainforest and astronomy themes, Both the interior and exterior design aim to make the hospital a non-threatening place to be for its young visitors and patients.
Pediatric outpatient services include specialty clinics for children with complex and/or chronic illnesses. Therapeutic gyms help orthopedic and neurologic patients develop motor and sensory skills.
A 200-foot-long "birdhouse garden" mural covers the walkway linking the outpatient pavilion to Lutheran General Children's Hospital.
The addition consolidates the hospital's outpatient services for infants and children into a single location
Yacktman Pavilion architects were Cesar Pelli & Associates and Watkins, Carter, Hamilton.
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