NewLife Maternity Center Special Care Nursery Renovations
Renovations bring fresh look, better monitoring, and more space and privacy, while reinforcing Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital’s brand
The revived Level II-E Special Care Nursery of Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital offers parents and siblings a comfortable place to spend time with premature infants and term infants with medical complications. The 3,100-square-foot makeover brings the spaces up to code, improves workflow, and creates a welcoming ambiance with a soothing color palette and soft lighting.
This project is part of a five-phase, 16,800-square-foot complete renovation of Delnor Hospital’s NewLife Maternity Center, including labor and delivery rooms, post-partum recovery rooms, well baby and special care nurseries, operating rooms, staff support lounges and locker rooms, and waiting and support spaces. During renovations, temporary spaces were built and demolished to keep the department operational throughout construction.
- Lobby has adult- and child-height sinks for visitor handwashing.
- Sky pattern in ceiling draws people toward nurse station while providing the psychological effect of a daylighted gathering space deep inside the hospital.
- Central caregiver station gives clinicians 360-degree views to seven special care bays around the perimeter.
- Nurse station floor and ceiling ellipses soften the 90-degree layout of the space.
- Each bay offers special care bassinets, light dimmers, and a reclining armchair.
- Supporting spaces include formula preparation, medication dispensaries, pneumatic tube delivery, clean linen and supplies, and waste management.