Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Dayton Children’s need a new patient tower?

Every day, families depend on Dayton Children’s to provide their children with compassionate, life-saving care, and we deliver it — with physicians from more than 30 subspecialty areas, a Magnet®-recognized nursing staff, and extensive diagnostic and treatment capabilities.

However, some of our facilities are too small and too dated to continue providing the highest level of patient care and comfort into the future. We want to create a place that embodies Dayton Children’s Hospital’s unique patient care mission and allows us to accommodate emerging medical technologies and best practice models for years to come.

What patient care units will be located in the new tower?

The tower will house four patient care units.

  1. The Mills Family Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, which brings inpatient and outpatient care into one shared space.
  2. A newly designed newborn intensive care unit, with every detail focused on providing the best outcomes for our tiniest patients.
  3. The Wallace Critical Care Complex that includes a combined pediatric intensive care and transitional care unit, providing integrated care for patients with complex medical needs.
  4. A general pediatrics unit that provides the optimal healing environment for children recovering from surgery and receiving care for other health issues.

The tower also features a child-friendly design that says “welcome,” with features that include a colorful three-story atrium, improved wayfinding, a café, retail pharmacy, playrooms and a rooftop garden.

How will the new tower transform care?

When families enter the doors of the new patient tower at Dayton Children’s they will be invited into a whimsical space that will fill visitors of any age with awe and wonder. Representing the ideals of Dayton, the building will feature a design inspired by the innovation and beauty of flight providing visitors opportunities for fun, and memorable experiences. The new tower will also transform care by providing:

  • Better outcomes: The newly designed Newborn Intensive Care Unit will feature single-family rooms allowing for an enhanced care experience for our tiniest patients.
  • Life-saving technology: The new Wallace Critical Care Complex will allow for more space for critical technology while maximizing efficiency and improving patient safety.
  • Continuity of care: For the first time, the Mills Family Center Cancer and Blood Disorders Center will combine inpatient and outpatient care in one location.
  • Optimal healing environment: Patients requiring an overnight stay will benefit from the enhanced general pediatrics inpatient unit which will feature larger single-family rooms, improved technology and upgraded family amenities.
Will the tower mean more patient beds?

Some of the units will expand slightly when they move from their current location to the new tower. But the main objective in building the tower is to transform care and renew our campus, not increase beds.

Are kids involved in planning the tower?

Yes! We have enlisted the expert help of a Kids Advisory Board, whose members include patients and their family members. They have given us input on everything from wall color to room design to TV models — and we’ve listened, modifying plans and adding new concepts to our design.

When will the tower be completed?

Construction on the tower began in August 2014, and the first patients are expected to move into the new care spaces in 2017.

How much will the project cost?

The projected cost of the tower construction is $153 million. Funding will come from the hospital’s financial resources, financing and philanthropy. Our goal is to raise $25 million to support the project.

How will my gift benefit children who receive care at Dayton Children’s?

Together we can reach new heights to transform care for the children of our region. Your gift to the Reaching New Heights Campaign will take this project from good to great ensuring our new space has all the special features that are just right for kids.

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