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REDISCOVERING THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Creating A Healthy Environment Of Care At Nationwide Children's Hospital BY RICHARD ROARK, RLA, ASLA, LEED® AP BD+C 14 SUMMER 2016 | context | AIA Philadelphia PHOTO: NICK FANCHER Nationwide Children's Hospital, situated in Columbus, Ohio is one of the Nation's premier pediatric institutions. Over its century plus history, the development of the hospital has had an evolving relationship between the care environment for the patient and the physical footprint of a major institution within the urban fabric of Columbus. This history of evolving care mirrors trend lines in our design culture stretching back as far as the City Beautiful Movement to a post War era which focused on the hospital program as a precise and sterile instrument of care. In recent years the hospital has transformed yet again into an institution that embraces the local neighborhood and reintegrates the soothing and restorative effects of landscape for the benefit of patients, their families, staff and the surrounding community. Nationwide Children's Hospital initially began with just nine beds in 1894. The hospital's mission was to provide care for children whose families lacked resources to afford medical treatment.1 The same mission continues today and has been augmented by dedicated research facilities, long term quality of life commitments that extend to the hospital's staff, and the Ohio communities the institution serves. The first Children's Hospital, known as the Elks Pavilion, however stands in stark contrast to the contemporary medical institution. It was a three story gabled gothic building which bore a closer resemblance to a large mansion than a medical care facility and was located adjacent to Columbus's most significant green, Franklin Park. According to the first Board of Trustees report the site of the hospital was chosen because of its fresh air and open space and close access to the trolley line.2 By the early 1920's Children's Hospital success and need to expand care services had caused it to outgrow the Elks Pavilion and a new property was identified on the South Side of Columbus beside today's Livingston Park. The new facility was much greater in size with 75 beds, which would soon double to 150.3 Similar to the Elks Pavilion's connection to open space, the new hospital campus

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Context - Summer 2016

Editor's Letter
Community
Up Close
Rediscovering the Neighborhood: Creating a healthy environment of Care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Risky Business: The Dangers of Playgrounds That Are Too Safe
Senior Living, LGBT Style
Expression
Design Profiles
Index to Advertisers

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