Kentucky Children's Hospital is located within UK Hospital on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Kentucky.
Turn right at the front door of UK Hospital and walk along the walkway to the entrance of Kentucky Children's Hospital, shown here. We created a separate entrance to ease families' introduction into the health care setting. From this entrance, follow the signs to take the elevator to the fourth floor to the Children's Hospital.
The Children's Hospital is a hospital within a hospital; we share many of UK Hospital's services and facilities, but our policies and decisions focus on the needs of children and families. Kentucky Children's Hospital is the only children's hospital in the region. Our patients range in age from infants through adolescents and have a variety of illness and injuries.
Kentucky Children's Hospital is able to treat the most critically ill children, as well as those with less severe illness or injury. We have pediatric specialists for every system of the body, and these specialists only work with children.
As you exit the elevator, you see a Welcome Center. The Welcome Centers assist families in admissions, finding their way, and answering their questions. The staff and volunteers at the Welcome Centers are invaluable sources of information and assistance. If the receptionists do not know the answer to your question, they will find it.
As you enter the Children's Hospital, you will notice bright colors and unique original artwork which captures the attention of young and old. This rainforest sculpture (left) was donated to the hospital.
Our kinetic sculpture, balls falling through a maze of animals, creates interesting sounds. The Hospital Auxiliary gave this sculpture (right) to Kentucky Children's Hospital in 1997.
This is the Welcome Center for the Acute Care Center. It is the hub of communication. Note that the counter tops are at different levels, so that children can see (and be seen by) the people behind the desk.
The lines in the architecture are not straight, but curved to be more interesting and less institutional. The design creates the image of clouds and shadows throughout the hospital.
These are the Acute Care Units. Two respiratory isolation rooms are on each unit.
In each corner, there is a "tree" where you can see the shadow from the branches on the ground. Above the branches are the "stars," which shine in the evenings.
Surrounding each tree and down the hall are the patient rooms. Over each door are shapes in different patterns, so that children can identify their rooms.
Each room features a bed with a remote that controls the television, reading lights, and the nurse call system. The beds are changed according to the needs of the child. Each room has a cot so that a parent may stay with each child.
A full bathroom (toilet, sink, and shower) is in each room. There is a writing desk for parents, over-the-bed tables, and medicine carts for each patient. These amenities are provided because the room becomes the family's home away from home while the child is in the hospital.
Each Acute Care Unit has a Communication Center, where doctors' orders are faxed to the pharmacy or other services. This is the West Wing Communication Center, which was designed with older children and adolescents in mind. This also is the area where children undergoing chemotherapy are admitted. Many children in the hospital wear their own clothes, which makes them feel more comfortable.
The Multimedia Room has computers, video games, and the closed circuit television system. With the closed circuit television system, we can show entertainment and educational videos, broadcast live entertainment from the Treehouse Playroom, and play TV Bingo.
The Family Resource Center has books for all ages. A computer is available for volunteers to use to help parents find information about illnesses and treatments.
Play is very important for children as they recover. The Child Life Program of Kentucky Children's Hospital provides activities for children while they are in the hospital.
Child life specialists and volunteers help children play in the Treehouse Playroom, the unit playrooms, and their own patient rooms. The Treehouse Playroom is a large room with a variety of toys, games, crafts, and puzzles. Group entertainment activities also are held in this room.
Each unit also has a treatment room where doctors and nurses perform simple procedures.
Although it is possible for a child to be placed on either Acute Care Unit, the East Wing is designed for the care of infants, toddlers, and older children with respiratory illnesses. The patient room doors have windows, which allow nurses to watch young children if necessary.
The Infant-Toddler Playroom is located on the East Wing. It has toys and playthings designed for younger children. A favorite activity in this room is the Bubble Tube.
Kentucky Children's Hospital has many specialized services available to provide the best care for children. We have our own pharmacy, designed for the health care needs of children with specially trained pharmacists who prepare medications.
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can handle the most fragile newborn. About half of the babies are in the critical care area while the other half are in the transitional care area, based on the level of care required.
A special nursery in this unit is for ECMO (extracorporeal membranous oxygenation), which is a specialized process to help babies who cannot breathe on their own.
It is very important for the parents to be involved in and learn about the care of their child; therefore, parents can visit their babies at any time.
Our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is the only intensive care unit in Central and Eastern Kentucky dedicated to children. It has private rooms and a central monitoring station. Specialized monitoring and other equipment are used in the PICU to provide the best care possible for the patients. In the PICU, patients' ages range from infants through adolescents.
In this area, parents may stay in the child's room at all times, with a few exceptions.
Parents who do not sleep in the child's room may stay in special sleep rooms or at the Ronald McDonald House.
Kentucky Children's Hospital has a specially trained transport team that is available at any time to bring very critical babies and children to our hospital by either helicopter or ambulance. In fact, we have two ambulances dedicated entirely to transporting sick babies and children to our hospital.
As babies become healthier, it is possible to take the baby to a neonatal nursery at a hospital closer to their home.
Kentucky Children's Hospital is a family-centered care facility where parents are considered partners in the health care of their child. They are the experts about their child, while our medical staff are experts in healing young bodies. We need the parents to help with the recovery of their child. Siblings and extended family members also are important for the recovery of the child.
For families and visitors of children in the Critical Care Center, a waiting room, kitchen, showers, and sleep rooms are available. Laundry facilities also are available to all families in the Kentucky Children's Hospital.