Coloring a brighter tomorrow

By: Lauren Irizarry

Childrens Hospital Ext

Last fall extensive renovation began to create what is now a dedicated façade and lobby for the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The distinctive, bold primary color palette on the exterior provides an entrance way to the new lobby, which evokes a calming atmosphere and a pleasant distraction for pediatric patients and their loved ones.

The Sebastian Ferrero Atrium is the latest milestone in UF Health’s plans to expand patient-centric pediatric health and wellness services by capitalizing on existing strengths and committing necessary resources to deliver enhanced pediatric services. Investments have been focused on meeting the specific needs of patients, their families and the community; adopting a more patient- and family-centered integrated care model; and growing the ranks of pediatric specialists and other pediatric health care providers.

UF Health leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 3 to celebrate the opening of the Sebastian Ferrero Atrium. The lobby is child-friendly, with an interactive wall and scenes from nature. 

“We’re excited that our patients and families will have, for the first time, a fully pediatric experience from the time they enter the hospital until they leave,” said Mark Amox, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital administrator. “Creating a better experience for our patients and families — clinically and environmentally — is very important to sustaining our high-quality programs and outcomes.”

Patients, their families and visitors will benefit directly from a redesigned children’s hospital in several ways. The former east visitor lobby elevators will now offer service only to pediatric unit floors. Wayfinding throughout the hospital will be redesigned to mirror a Florida nature theme. 

Not only do the floors sparkle and fixtures gleam, but staff also feels energized by the improvements,
Amox said.