Children's Hospital in New Orleans is planning a $100 million expansion in which it will construct a six-story patient tower with only private rooms.
Currently, the 188-bed hospital has only semiprivate rooms. The hospital decided to add private rooms to give more space to families, said Brian T. Landry, the hospital's assistant administrator.
"When patients come to Children's Hospital, we look at it as a family illness. It's a very stressful situation, and it's in the best interest of patient care that private rooms are provided," he said.
Construction is expected to start in early 1995 and be completed in 1999. Children's will be adding 437,000 square feet of space, including a new 500-car garage and two new ambulatory-care facilities. In addition, the hospital will be renovating 32,000 square feet of existing space.
McCarthy, St. Louis, received the construction management contract. The project is being designed by Karlsberg and Associates Architects, Columbus, Ohio.