Children’s Hospital’s Bon Air Therapy Center opened in late December 2009 with 5,300 square feet of space that includes two gyms, two sensory motor areas, seven quiet treatment spaces, a psychology office, a comfortable waiting room with a dedicated children’s nook and additional staff and office space. The Therapy Center’s bright colors, numerous windows and streaming sunlight have captured the attention of everyone, including a five-year-old patient who beamed “I love this place.”
“Bon Air’s angled walls and ceilings gave us the opportunity to use color in great ways,” commented Sallie Tidman, OT/L, Director of Therapy Services. Bright yellows, greens, blues and reds from Children’s Hospital’s color palette continue the extensive use of color from the hospital’s main location. “It’s been great to watch reactions from families when they walk in for the first time.”
Located in the Sheltering Arms Bon Air facility near Buford Road and Midlothian Turnpike, the Bon Air Therapy Center replaced the former South Richmond Therapy Center, which needed additional space to meet growing demand for pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy and psychology services.
The new space provides better flow for patients to move from waiting room to treatment space as well as separate staff and office areas. The two sensory motor rooms also are more accessible for patients and allow multiple patients to use the space simultaneously.
“There’s room for kids to practice riding bikes, walking and running in the gym,” said Pat Stevens, OT/L, Rehab Manager for Bon Air. “There’s also outside sidewalks and walking areas to use in warmer weather.”
For all treatment sessions, families are encouraged to observe and participate. In several of Bon Air’s quiet treatment rooms, there are opportunities for caregivers to observe inside the treatment room or outside through a one-way viewing glass.
An open house is scheduled for April 28th, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 804-228-5971.
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