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SPECIAL DELIVERY arrived
at Mount Sinai Hospital in May when four new
self-care hospitality suites
opened on the Toronto
hospital's 17th floor. The
pilot program is designated
for pregnant women who
are not acutely ill but who are at risk of needing
immediate access to care due to a complicated
pregnancy. "Two-thirds of the pregnancies overseen at Mount Sinai are considered high-risk
or at risk, and the hospital is one of only a few in
the province that provides care to women experiencing some of the most complex medical
or fetal conditions in pregnancy," says Joanne
MacKenzie, senior director of women's and infants' health and nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital, part of Sinai Health System.
Available space in the hospital's antenatal unit
was repurposed to house the suites, which range
in size from 214-341 square feet. The pregnant
women, or "guests," as they're called, can come
and go as they please and receive a room key, security bracelet, and pass card to enter the locked
unit, which is monitored by volunteers.
To turn the clinical setting into a warm home
for women in the days-or weeks-leading up to
delivery, the rooms were outfitted with furnishings donated by IKEA Canada, including beds,
chairs, tables, shower curtains, and wall art. Four
interior designers from the big-box retailer spent
a day in July installing products and decorating
the rooms. "Working with infection control, support services, and quality and safety personnel at
the hospital, we were able to ensure all home furnishings and décor adhered to hospital safety and
quality regulations," MacKenzie says.

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T O P : Interior designers

and staff from four IKEA
locations in Toronto
spent a day installing
products and decorating the four rooms.
AB O V E : Mount Sinai
Hospital worked with
the retailer to make
sure the furnishings
were upholstery-free
and easy to clean, with
mostly glass and metal
materials used. LE F T:
The suites allow patients
to remain close to
the hospital until they
deliver. Pictured here is
Raman, the first woman
to use the service.

ANNIE TONG

Each suite houses one or two single beds
(the other is for a family member), a private
bathroom with shower, storage space, and a
locker for personal items. There's also a common lounge on the floor with couches, a television, refrigerator, microwave, and an electric
kettle.
MacKenzie says the program, which is currently free of charge, provides a home away
from home for those who are already in a highstress situation. "This self-care hospitality
pilot program represents an innovative style
of delivering healthcare in a holistic manner,
where safety concerns, cost efficiency, and effectiveness are balanced with creating a safe,
comprehensive care plan targeted at healthy
pregnancy outcomes," she says. -Anne DiNardo


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Healthcare Design - October 2016

Healthcare Design - October 2016
Contenst
EDITORIAL
SHOW TALK
PHOTO TOUR
THE SUITE LIFE
FIRST LOOK
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
BEYOND THE ROOM
INFECTION CONTROL
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT
THE CENTER
SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
FACE TIME
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - EDITORIAL
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - SHOW TALK
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - PHOTO TOUR
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - THE SUITE LIFE
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - FIRST LOOK
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