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An Investment in Our Children and Our Region

In September of 2019, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters broke ground on a new pediatric mental health hospital and outpatient center that will serve as the centerpiece of a comprehensive plan to address our children's mental health needs. The new facility will stand out among the nation's top pediatric mental health hospitals for its thoughtful patient and family-centered design, evidence-based treatments, academic training program, and clinical research to guide innovation.

This vision has been developed over several years to answer the need in our region for pediatric mental health care. To make this vision a reality we need your support. Help us bring children the mental health services they need and deserve.  

Building Hope

CHKD's 14-story facility will transform mental health care for young people in our region and beyond. From the light-filled atrium to the thoughtful design of our private patient rooms, the new building will provide an welcoming atmosphere and treatment environment for preschool through high school-aged children.

Highlights of CHKD's new mental health hospital and outpatient center illustrate our commitment to quality. These include:

Patient- and Family-Centered Design

Artist Rendering - Inpatient Family Lounge

The design of a mental health hospital is fundamentally different from the design of a traditional hospital. Ensuring the safety of our patients, staff, and visitors guides design options in psychiatric facilities for everything from layouts, bathrooms, and furniture, hinges, and knobs. Too often the result is a sterile, unwelcoming environment. Not at CHKD's new hospital.

CHKD's new hospital will incorporate the necessary security features and align with the highest standards of patient safety without losing the whimsical touches that will help children understand they are in an environment created just for them. Family involvement in crucial to successful mental health care, so the new hospital is designed to make family participation in treatment as easy and as comfortable as possible. Every inpatient room is private and includes a space for a parent to spend the night. Nearby lounges (pictured) offer space for parents to rest and recharge or catch up with work or friends.

Parent-child interaction therapy, or PCIT, is one example of a specific, proven therapy our new building will be designed to offer. In PCIT, parents learn how to help children decrease negative behaviors and increase positive ones through real-time coaching during play sessions.

Art, Music, and Movement

Artist Rendering - Music Room

Problem behaviors often arise when children lack the skills, knowledge, or words to process emotions. Art, music, movement, meditation, and other activities and therapies that integrate body, mind, and spirit can become powerful forms of release and communication. These methods will be part of a toolbox we will develop with each child. Our goal is to help children manage distress, become mindful, regulate their emotions, and improve their social skills.

In addition to our team of pediatric psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health counselors, CHKD's new hospital will employ child life and recreational therapists to provide opportunities for creative expression in our specially designed art and music rooms (music room pictured).

Time and Space to Play

Artist Rendering - Outdoor Basketball Court

Children need to play. To the best of their ability, they need to move and spend time with other children. CHKD's new hospital will provide ample opportunities for all of the typical activities of childhood. 

The facility's two-story indoor recreation center will include a half-court basketball area and space to accommodate many types of indoor activities. An exercise room, accessible from the gym, will include treadmills, bikes, and elliptical machines so children can get regular exercise - which has been proven to reduce stress, elevate mood, and contribute to a child's overall sense of well-being. 

The rooftop outdoor recreation area is designed to let children play safely outside. In addition to an outdoor basketball court and game zone, the rooftop area will be home to handicap-accessible interactive planters where kids can work with plants and have fun just being kids. 

Training, Education, and Research

Artist Rendering - Classroom

CHKD's mental health initiative is a direct expression of our long-standing commitment to our community and our ongoing efforts to lead the region in meeting the changing health needs of our children.

Our plan to address mental health includes community and professional education. CHKD will establish the region's first child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. Developing this and other educational programs with colleges and universities will give CHKD a recruitment pipeline for professionals trained to deliver care that reflects CHKD's patient-first culture.

CHKD will also conduct research that will be relevant to our patients and to the national discourse on children's mental health. As the hospital assembles its team of top professionals, CHKD will be on the cutting edge of program development and treatments that serve children and their families most effectively.

The total construction cost of the new facility is $224 million. Add to that the annual programming cost of $45 million, and it is easy to understand how critical your support will be to this endeavor.