One of the most important aspects of space planning a hospital is getting the circulation right. Placing the equipment properly, will save steps. Just as important is having the proper space allocation for each area. Too much space will cause the staff to take extra steps. Too little cramps the staff. Finding a designer that understands the workings of a hospital, and who speaks the language, is key in getting the flow right.
I spent four years as a Navy Hospital Corpsman working in a hospital, and as well, held both an ACLS and Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic certificates. My first rotation out of Corps School was one year in Labor and Delivery, followed by a year in the Emergency Room, followed by two years as a general duty corpsman and Petty Officer in Charge of a triage battle dressing station, aboard the USS Peleliu. This aircraft carrier, a US Navy war ship, had a full service, 367 bed hospital with Lab, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, X-ray, ICU ward, Critical Care ward, four Surgical Operating Rooms, Central Sterile Reserve, and four battle dressing stations. Suffice it to say, I know my way around a hospital and the space requirements there in.
Each project is unique, and I am able to communicate with the doctors and staff, to clearly identify your needs and give input to make the plan come together.
Keeping up with the time…
One area that is changing, in the outpatient exam and treatment areas, is the flow of patients from check-in to check-out. In years past, the trend was to have a large waiting room. Now, the trend is devoting more space to the treatment areas and less space to the waiting room. This POD concept allows patients to move into the treatment room more quickly, and, as a result, allows the patients to be treated and released more quickly, too. Faster, better service means more repeat business, and more income for you. That’s what it’s all about!
I work all across the USA, and in countries beyond. If you need specific assistance, I make house calls!
I’ll travel to your site to work with you, and get the design, just the way you need it to be. When you are planning your next project, either a new hospital or a renovation, either small or big, and anywhere you happen to live, I’m here to help. Our small design firm, equates to big savings for you.