While the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital hasn't been built yet, it's not stopping those who will work in the facility from getting a feel for what it will be like. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti gives us a look at several mock-up rooms created to help plan for the new hospital.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- There's still a ways to go before the future John R. Oishei Children's Hospital takes shape on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, but on West Utica Street, seven newly-constructed mock-ups offer a rough look at rooms that will be inside the facility.
Hospital officials say they're based on the work of 27 user groups made up of physicians, nurses, clinical and support staff, families and others.
"These mock rooms have been developed so they can come, tour them, and understand what they put on paper," said Allegra Jaros, chief operating officer of Women & Children's Hospital.
Jaros said it will give the user groups a feel for how the rooms will be set up before it's final, so changes can be made.
And as actual monitors, beds and other equipment is selected, they will be brought into the rooms.
"It will start to look and be designed and colored and looking exactly like they'll look for our patients in the future," said Jaros.
The rooms won't just give employees an idea of what the new hospital will look like; they will also help them figure out how things will work.
"The next phase that we're going to be moving in is going to be a phase of working out process and flow as well as leveraging efficiencies," said Teresa Quattrin, pediatrician-in-chief of Women & Children's Hospital.
And the mock-ups will essentially develop into a training site.
"Here's the new equipment, here's how you use the new equipment, so we're not walking in and having folks feel like they're in a different space. This will enable us to get 90 percent there," said Jaros.
Compared with rooms in the existing hospital, Jaros said the new ones are larger, appropriately equipped and designed with the patient in mind.
Jaros said there should be a groundbreaking at the actual site in late summer.