Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital Teams with Nagel Middle School Students to Design Intensive Care Unit's Family Lounge

(CINCINNATI; May 19, 2014) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, is teaming up once again with the talented students from Nagel Middle School in Anderson Township on a design project. The students will present their designs from 7:30-10 a.m. on Thursday, May 22nd at Anderson Hospital’s Medical Office Building II, Conference Room B.

Previously, Nagel students helped redesign the hospital’s parking lot to meet demand from patients, visitors and staff in preparation for a hospital renovation and expansion project. Now, hospital leaders are calling on more than 90 8th grade art students to design a visitor-friendly family lounge for the new Intensive Care Unit that is coming thanks to the hospital’s renovation.

“The Nagel students who worked on our parking project so impressed us with their thoughtful ideas and creative ability to meet critical requirements. We didn’t hesitate to call on them again to help design the Family Lounge in our new Intensive Care Unit,” said Stephen Feagins, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Anderson Hospital.

Earlier this month, students met with Mercy Health’s Facility Planner, Interior Decorator and Architect, who gave them tips on how to manage the project. The Mercy Health team noted that the ICU Family Lounge should be calming, comforting, comfortable, clean, user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing and cater to varied age groups while also accommodating the following activities:
• Waiting for extended periods of time
• Sleeping
• Reading
• Working
• Eating
• Praying or reflecting
• Making phone calls
• Working on a laptop or hand-held device
• Conversing

The team reminded students that they should factor furniture, lighting, flooring, paint, countertops, artwork, signs and finishes into their designs. Students have been working in teams using hospital blueprints to design the Family Lounge completely from scratch.

A team of comprised of medical and nursing leaders and the Facility Planner and Interior Decorator will evaluate the presentations from six teams comprised of 30 finalists, scoring them on  feasibility, creativity, layout, meeting the stated criteria and family-friendly design. While all the students will gain real world experience in solving a complicated problem and enjoy a VIP tour of the space that will house the lounge, the winning team will break ground with Mercy Health leadership on the hospital’s new tower in October. Mercy Health’s East Side management team will also honor the winning students during a meeting this summer.

Nagel Middle School Principal John Vander Meer expressed his gratitude to Mercy Health.

“The partnership Mercy Health has offered to our students helps make their learning make sense and come alive,” he said. “This project not only offers a real life opportunity, it has shown the students that there are careers they may be interested in pursuing. They had no idea this type of career existed in healthcare. We truly value our partnership with Mercy Health because of the great opportunities they have given our students to connect their learning to the real world around them."

This is just one of example of the productive partnerships Mercy Health has with its 28 partner schools. In addition to providing certified full time athletic trainers and team physicians to help student athletes stay healthy and be well, school partnerships with Mercy Health also provide a number of other benefits, including:
• opportunities to participate in developing creative solutions to real-world challenges
• availability of top quality diagnostic tools to help students and staff manage their health
• a comprehensive roster of medical professionals to address important health topics with students and staff