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A new tower for leading-edge children’s care

This modern, family-centered, and child-friendly space supports best-practice medical care for the children of Mississippi. 

Main Hospital Lobby

The lighting, finishes, and design of the lobby work together to provide a colorful, intuitive guide through the hospital. Daylight streams into the three-story atrium through soaring, floor-to-ceiling windows. The new tower features regional artwork and graphics, sharing Mississippi’s story with visitors. These unique details help create a positive, welcoming experience for children and their families.

Photos courtesy of HDR © 2020 Dan Schwalm

A view of the main lobby in the Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower.A view of the main lobby, including comfortable waiting areas.A view of the second floor overlooking the main lobby.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patient Room

Children’s of Mississippi is home to the state’s only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – the highest level for neonatal care – and the largest NICU in the state. The most critically ill infants may call the NICU home for several months; some stay as long as a year. The tower provides 88 private rooms where parents can bond with their newborns, quiet areas where new mothers can breastfeed, overnight accommodations that allow parents to be near their babies, and a properly sized NICU that will give critically ill newborns their best chance at life.

A view of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Patient Room

Cardiac patients and other critically ill children are cared for in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The tower’s dedicated PICU floor offers 32 private rooms where patients can receive intensive care and families can stay by a child’s bedside in a calm, private place.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Patient RoomPediatric Intensive Care Unit Patient Room

Imaging Area

CT, MRI, ultrasound, and radiology machines, all designed for children’s testing, share a single, central imaging area. The machines are designed to be child-friendly, manned by an experienced, specialized pediatric imaging team, and located close to clinics, surgery, and patient rooms.

Child gets ready to enter sandcastle MRI machine at Sanderson Tower.

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