Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh

Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh

Won-Door fire doors part of "most beautiful hospital"

By Sharon Haddock

LAWRENCEVILLE, Pa. — The Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania is one of only eight pediatric hospitals in America to make U.S. News & World Reports Best Children's Hospitals honor roll in 2010-2011.

The hospital was also named the 7th most beautiful hospital in the United States by Soliant Health in 2010 and the 10th most beautiful hospital in the world by HealthExecNews in 2012.

Won-Door products are part of that beautiful world with six single-parting Level 1 security doors in custom colors with vision panels, key switches, doors that operate on demand using wireless radio signals (the first project to use the wireless feature).

The doors — which range in size from 8' to 13' 6" tall and  8'-9 ' long — provide a safe, quick way out in the event of an emergency.

Liz Munch, with the hospital public relations office, said there have been "little to no maintenance issues with those doors so we're very, very, pleased with them."

"Aesthetically, they're the right solution," Munch said. "They've done a fabulous job for us."

The hospital, part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center network, is the only hospital in the southwestern region of Pennsylvania, dedicated to the care of infants, children and young adults.

The 1,500,000-square-foot facility has 296 beds, a 42-bed emergency department and a 36-bed intensive care unit as well as a 10-story research center largely devoted to pediatric medical research.

It is ranked in all ten of the specialties evaluated by U.S News & World report and is one of only eight children's hospitals in the United States to be named as a Leapfrog Top Hospital.

The hospital complex is environmentally friendly and quiet and includes a Weight Management and Wellness Center designed to help obese children.

It has been consistently ranked among the nation's top pediatric hospitals since 1990 with care provided by more than 700 board-certified pediatricians and pediatric specialists.

The Children's Hospital was founded in 1887 in a donated mansion that was quickly outgrown.

The old Children's Hospital was closed in 2009 and moved to Lawrenceville.