Simon Family Tower Opens for Hoosier Children & Beyond

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Riley at IU Health is going to new heights for Hoosier children and their families. The state’s leader in pediatric care marked an historic milestone today with the opening of the first phase of the Simon Family Tower.

The 10-story, 675,000 square-foot addition is designed to boost capacity at Riley at IU Health, increase efficiency and enhance patient satisfaction. Patients moved into rooms on the seventh, eighth and ninth floors today.

“This day has been a long time coming for us and our entire Riley at IU Health family is so proud to see this dream become a reality,” said Dan Fink, president and chief executive officer, Riley at IU Health. “This isn’t just a building to us. This is about having the space we’ve long needed to tend to all of the children - from across the state of Indiana and beyond - who need our expert care.”

The Riley at IU Health Simon Family Tower functions as a home away from home, putting family care and comfort at the forefront. Highlights of the new building include:

  • Private patient rooms – each with its own bath and a dedicated family area for rest and relaxation.
  • Family-centered amenities on each inpatient floor (e.g., family lounges, kitchens, business centers, showers, laundry facilities, breast pumping rooms).
  • Inpatient floors identical in design and grouped according to specialty, making it easier to navigate.
  • An ecosystem design theme (e.g., tropical rainforests, beaches, oceans, forests, mountains) – each with colors, textures, furniture and art to match – to boost spirits and provide an escape from the anxiety of illness.
  • Photos for Health™, a unique art initiative dedicated to health and well-being. Staff, patients, families and photography enthusiasts were invited to submit their original photographs of animals and nature for display.

“Riley at IU Health has always been a special place for children – one of hope, healing and wonder,” said Marilyn Cox, chief nursing officer, Riley at IU Health. “But we see parents as a vital part of that process and our new space enables us to truly carry out our family-centered care principles in the best interest of their children.”

Work on the $475 million project began in the summer of 2006. In November 2007, the Simon family announced a $40 million gift toward the completion of the project. Economic conditions temporarily halted the project in early 2009 and work re-started in early 2010. The Riley at IU Health Simon Family Tower will continue to open in phases until its completion in December 2013.