In partnership with patients and families, we planned for every inpatient room in our new hospital to have three distinct areas to support patient- and family-centered care.

Family Zone

The family zone will provide amenities that offer comfort and convenience, enabling family members to remain close to their child at all times. The family zone will be located in the back of each room, near the windows. Large windows in every room let in natural light and offer great views of the Iowa City area. Patients or family members can control the window shades, lighting, and room temperature.

Furniture: The family zone will include a sleeping area with furnishings that support two adults comfortably, enabling family members to participate in the care and support of their child during their hospital stay. A nearby recliner is a comfortable spot for a nap and includes a glider capability for soothing patients.

Amenities: The family zone will have a TV and lights that can be controlled separately from the rest of the lights in the room. A curtain can be drawn for added privacy.

On Levels 9, 10, and 11 (acute care floors), a modular footwall system will include a refrigerator for family use, a linen shelf, a counter, and a shelf for cards and other items. The footwall also will include a locking storage cabinet for family use.

On Level 3—the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)—the family storage cabinet will be located in the bathroom. Each patient room will also feature a storage area with a family refrigerator, linen shelf, and a counter for personal items.

On Level 6—the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)—the footwall will feature a large area for displaying photos and scrapbook pages. The footwall in the NICU was designed to include amenities to support families with nursing babies. It will have a sink dedicated to washing feeding supplies, a rack for drying feeding supplies, and a refrigerator for storing breast milk.

Patient Zone

The patient zone is designed to ensure that every patient receives the best possible care. It also will include features to entertain and distract patients.

Bed/Isolette: Rooms on each floor will be same-handed in design. This means the layout is identical to other rooms. As a result, a bed in one room never shares a common wall with a bed in another room. This reduces noise transfer between rooms, enhancing rest.

Headwall: In most patient rooms (except those in the PCICU and PICU), a headwall system will be installed on the wall nearest to the head of the bed. The headwall system will provide easy access to electrical outlets, medical gas, and other functions needed to provide care.

Rooms on Level 3 (PCICU and PICU) will use an overhead boom configuration instead of a headwall. Each boom will be positioned near the patient’s bed and will consist of one long movable arm, with three smaller movable extensions. Beds in the PCICU and PICU often have to be rearranged to accommodate extra medical equipment. The adjustable boom will provide all the functions needed by the medical team, no matter where the bed is located. The booms will include patient monitors, a surgical light for in-room procedures, and access to medical gas and vacuum outlets.

TV: Most patient rooms will feature a 65-inch TV in the patient zone. Patient TVs (family TVs in the NICU) are equipped with Oneview, an interactive education and entertainment system for patients and families.

Through Oneview, patients and families will be able to see information about members of their treatment team, review daily goals, access educational materials and videos, enjoy entertainment options, see what activities are happening in the hospital, and much more. Oneview can be accessed through the touchscreen computer on the patient’s bedside table or through the TV.

Patients can personalize the Oneview screen by uploading their own photos. Oneview will also allow patients to order meals and snacks customized to their dietary needs.

On Levels 9, 10, and 11, the patient TV will be located on the footwall. In the PCICU and PICU, the TV will be located on the boom near the patient’s bed. There will not be patient TVs in the NICU.

Drew’s Lamp: Located on the footwall, this lighting feature will be available in all patient rooms except NICU rooms. Drew’s Lamp is a custom lighting feature inspired by a former patient that can provide entertainment and distraction. It will feature seven lights; patients can determine which colors are displayed. Drew’s Lamp will give patients control over the lighting in their room.

“Good night” lights: When patients choose to rest, a member of the care team can flip a switch to the “good night” setting. This setting turns off lights in the patient zone and activates two small red lights. The red lights do not prevent patients from sleeping. They do, however, provide enough light for the care team to perform their tasks. These lights help promote patient rest, enhancing healing.

Care Team Zone

The care team zone is designed with efficiency, quality care, and patient safety in mind. This area will be located along the headwall in most inpatient rooms, near the door to the hallway. All the components used by the care team will be integrated into the headwall system on Levels 6, 9, 10, and 11. Locations for the sink, disposables containers, and hand sanitizer will be the same from room to room, increasing efficiency and patient safety. 

Sink: The design of each sink plays a key role in infection prevention. Sinks will have automated sensors so care team members will no longer need to touch handles to turn sinks on and off. In addition, the drain is offset from the faucet to reduce splashing when the faucet is turned on. Other measures to reduce splashing include an angled spout and a curved ridge above the basin along the front of the sink. Reducing splashing helps combat the spread of infection.  

Headwall design: The headwall will include a patient monitor, bedside computer, label printer, nurse call system, and other equipment needed to monitor and document patient care. The headwall configuration, designed with input from nurses, will provide efficient and easy access to essential equipment and medical gases. This design facilitates and supports safe patient care.  

Linen and trash carts: In most rooms, soiled linen and trash carts will be located near the entrance to patient rooms. Hospital employees can roll these carts out easily to empty them. In the PCICU and PICU, sinks, trash, and linen carts will be located on a small footwall All other items needed by the care team will be located on the boom.

Bathroom: In most rooms, the bathroom will be inboarded, or located at the front of the room, near the entrance. In the PCICU and PICU, bathrooms will be outboarded, meaning they are located at the rear of the room, near the family zone. This design will allow clear sliding doors to be installed at the entrance to each room, giving the care team a clear line of sight to patients. The doors also will make it easier to move equipment in and out of rooms as needed.