We Exceeded Goals for Economic inclusion, Supplier Diversity and Workforce Development

Building Location G meant a necessary expansion of our footprint in the Avondale community, so “we thought long and hard about how we would minimize disruptions and produce a thoughtful design that engages, respects, and enhances our neighborhood,” said Oliver Rhine, assistant vice president of Planning. We partnered with the community, making an $11.5 million investment and supporting programs to help improve lives even after the building opened. Nearly 50 Uptown residents were hired in full-time construction careers while others participated in a Career Insights program that helps Avondale residents with resume building and interview skills, and provides insight into the healthcare field. We also spent $111.5 million across more than 100 women-owned and minority-owned businesses, and more than 26 percent of the total workforce hours were completed by diverse team members.

A Comprehensive Training Program Emphasized Interactivity

“We had to make sure staff was trained and ready to care for our patients and families once the building opened,” said Rhonda Cable, project manager. Employees had to learn new workflows, equipment, and orientation to the new building, and much of this training came through our Simulation and Research Center “The transition team contacted us and asked how we could partner to ease the transition and get the staff in the space before the building opens,” said Aimee Gardner, senior director, Simulation Center. Using virtual reality goggles and gloves to interact with equipment, employees explored patient rooms, and walk-through training simulations, all in an immersive virtual training environment.

Innovations Such as NICU Spectral Lighting Will Improve Patient Outcomes

Location G is full of innovation, including the world’s first full-spectrum cycled circadian lighting system in the Location G Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The system allows us to manage the quality of light the newborns receive during twilight hours. Research conducted at Cincinnati Children’s indicates this could help to maintain a stable circadian rhythm, promoting healthy growth and development. The special fixtures represent one of the boldest technical advances built into the new building, said James Greenberg, MD, co-director of the Perinatal Institute.

Amenities, Green Spaces Promote Healing and Relaxation

Staff, patients and families work and live in Location G, making it important that the space was not just functional, but also comfortable. Green spaces, art installations, and design features all help deliver a welcoming experience and inspire relaxation. Staff areas include natural light views, outdoor terraces, and lounge space to decompress. Families can enjoy a fitness center, lounges, quiet rooms, laundry facilities, and a business center.

We Will Change Outcomes Together

We have a 138-year history of innovation, imagining what’s possible, and transforming ideas into reality through collaboration, discovery and a deep passion for helping children. This new facility builds on that legacy—as we dream bigger and aspire higher—to pursue our potential together so all kids can pursue theirs.

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