Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital to Announce Which Nagel Middle School Student Team Wins the Dining Room Design Challenge on Tuesday, March 17

(CINCINNATI; March 16, 2015) - Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood though its care network, announces that a panel of Mercy Health judges will declare one Nagel Middle School student team the winner of the Dining Room Design Challenge on Tuesday, March 17. The announcement will take place at 8:15 a.m. in the Media Center at Nagel Middle School, located at 1500 Nagel Road,
Cincinnati 45255.

Last week, 12 teams of 31 students presented their designs to a panel of judges including Mercy Health’s architectural and facility planners and Anderson Hospital’s Vice President of Medical Affairs and Director of Operations.

“The student designs were all creative and amazingly detailed with a number of good ideas we are forwarding to the actual architects,” said Stephen Feagins, MD, Anderson Hospital’s VP of Medical Affairs. “The common themes that the eighth graders presented that we will consider for our permanent cafe design include charging stations, multi-size tables, a fireplace and/or fish tank, blue paint color, entertainment area with games and music, lounge area and designs that are ‘soft’ with a comfortable and relaxing feel to match the furniture.” 

The winning team will have the opportunity to present its design to hospital leadership at a special breakfast in the dining room the team created. Team members will also receive an architectural drafting kit for use in their burgeoning design careers. The judges will also give out a number of special awards to acknowledge the unique contributions that every team presented.

Anderson Hospital approached the Forest Hills School District in Anderson Township for the creative talent of Nagel’s eighth graders to transform the hospital’s interim dining room. The permanent dining has closed as part of a major renovation project taking place at the hospital. The interim dining room, while currently functional, needs to be a friendly and welcoming space for families and visitors. The Mercy Health team tasked the students with providing images of real furniture that could be used in the dining area, selecting a color palette, finding additional features that may enhance the dining area and making conscientious decisions about the overall design to enhance the experience of patient families and visitors. The student teams have each created a floor plan and a presentation for the design. Many of the students’ ideas are likely find their way into the permanent dining area when it opens in the summer of 2016. Anderson Hospital anticipates completion of the interim dining room before the end of the school year.

Previously, Nagel students helped redesign the hospital’s parking lot to meet demand from patients, visitors and staff in preparation for the hospital renovation and expansion project. Then, hospital leaders called on 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.