Ohio children's behavioral health facility designed for safety without intimidation

March 19, 2020

Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus built its own beds and asked suppliers for custom modifications for its new behavioral health facility, according to an article on the Columbus Business First website.

The design team could not find a chair cushion that can't be torn apart, so benches in the common areas of inpatient units are smoothly sanded wood.

Round-edged hard foam chairs are filled with sand so they're too heavy to throw. Every screw in a patient area has a head requiring a custom tool, so they can't be removed with a credit card.

The toilet paper holders are recesses, not bars and the shower heads don't protrude.

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