In an age of smartphones, social media, and internet videos of people caught lip-syncing in their cars, privacy can seem like a lost relic of the past. But one children’s hospital in Iowa is trying to change that.
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital started construction on their new state-of-the art, 14-story building in the fall of 2012. When the plans for the new hospital were only in the crayon stage, the designers saw an opportunity to make patients and their families more comfortable by making every single patient room in the hospital a private room.
Now parents can take a shower, snore while napping, and read bedtime stories to their children using their monster voices in complete privacy. To make the rooms just right, the planning team worked alongside patients and parents to help design the look and feel. The final outcome was large, private rooms with enough space for parents and siblings, beds for two parents to stay the night with their child, and large, insulated, windows to let in tons of natural light and for kids to press their heads against and make funny faces.
As Iowa’s only nationally ranked children’s hospital is set to open its new doors in early 2017, fans of privacy across Iowa surprisingly declined to be interviewed, but they all seemed very enthusiastic.