Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Around LeBonheur

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 8:30 AM

In this week's print edition, I wrote about the new LeBonheur Children's Hospital. (Do I really need to tell you to go pick it up?)

I was lucky enough to take a tour with Dave Rosenbaum and Sara Burnett before the grand opening next Tuesday. There were still about 300 people working on the building last week, installing equipment into operating rooms, hanging art, and finishing construction.

I thought y'all might be interested in seeing some of the cool stuff from my tour, like the dancing, running, jumping, acrobating children that light up when people walk by them.

[I made Dave stand next to one of them in the first picture, for the second I was lucky enough to have a workman walk by while I was standing there.]

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This is a mosaic, I think, in the play room of one of the waiting rooms. Above the mosaic, it has a list of what's included — seven birds, for instance, or one horseshoe — so that kids can search for all the items.

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This is right outside that playroom, in the waiting room itself ... I love these wooden conversation bubbles. What's even better, they were constructed from recycled Libertyland material.

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But the coolest and most beautiful thing to me was this operating room equipment. Sort of makes the phrase "crash cart" obsolete, because nothing is touching the floor. Everything is suspended from the ceiling (you should see the bolts. Yikes) like a huge, fully functioning mobile.

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