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Posted on Tue, May 3, 2011 : 11:17 a.m.

Sneak peek inside new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital: Patients' hand-crafted tiles adorn walls, welcome areas

By Juliana Keeping


Hand-made clay tiles from more than 1,000 young patients adorn the walls at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, set to open in November.

University of Michigan Health System photo

The doors haven’t opened yet, but when they do, tiles crafted by more than 1,000 young patients will brighten the walls and greet families at the University of Michigan Health System’s new children's hospital.

On its blog, the hospital released rare photos from inside C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, both set to open in a new building in November.

A bedside art program at the existing Mott Children’s Hospital has helped keep young patients’ minds off pain, doctor visits and medication schedules since 2008. That’s when Mott partnered with Detroit-based Pewabic Pottery and created a bedside art program.

Volunteers, employees, families and the hospital have since sponsored about 1,600 tiles that have cost about $100 each. That cost covers the clay tiles and the installation, as well as a framed photo of each child’s tile and a guidebook to help families find the tiles once they are installed.

The tiles decorate welcome desks and welcome areas in the 12-floor children’s hospital.

Tiles up so far depict flowers, angels, animals, stars and other scenes. Some of the tiles are imprints of infants' hands and feet. The walls of the hospital are also adorned with tile work from professional designers.

View more tiles on this Mott Facebook page created to showcase the work.

Juliana Keeping covers general assignment and health and the environment for Reach her at or 734-623-2528. Follow Juliana Keeping on Twitter



Wed, May 4, 2011 : 3:07 p.m.

What a beautiful way to celebrate the children.


Wed, May 4, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

My deepest condolences, Jack. Nice photos, Kai! And YEAH for the new Mott!

Kai Petainen

Tue, May 3, 2011 : 10:14 p.m.

when the building was being built, i was worried that it would block my sunsets and look rather ugly. turns out, it blocks out some of my sunsets, but it's a rather nice looking building. i'm quite impressed. and i'm able to get some neat shots of the sun/clouds contrasting against it. here's one shot of lightning above the building. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> and a sunset here: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> so thanks for building it... it's a rather nice / photogenic building to photograph.


Tue, May 3, 2011 : 9:17 p.m.

Our son made one during his last extended hospitalization before he died and we feel it is a way for him to live on forever in the hospital that provided such great care! A new Mott is something to cheer about for sure- it was badly needed.


Tue, May 3, 2011 : 6:03 p.m.

Well northmaple, there are peaks in the hospital but it is not polite to point that out. Some of those nurses...... Seriously though, the renovations look great and from what I hear are phenominal. Way to go Mott's!!!


Tue, May 3, 2011 : 3:29 p.m.

Typo in the headline -- it's sneak peek (unless a mountain peak snuck its way into the hospital).

Juliana Keeping

Tue, May 3, 2011 : 3:35 p.m.

No mountain peaks here. Thanks NorthMaple. The typo has been fixed.