This seven-story replacement hospital is a good example of a collective team delivery approach. Thousands of hours were expended by the administration, physicians, nursing and department management, the program manager, and the general contractor during planning and design. During the early programming phases, the owner’s leadership committed to the principles of evidence-based design (EBD).

Divided into two phases, the first phase consists of a 48-bed orthopedic hospital and surgical center. The second phase is the 222-bed tertiary hospital. As part of EBD, design of the patient rooms was safety-driven to reduce preventable episodes such as patient falls and post-procedural infections, to aid staff lifting, and to reduce length of stay for patients. These are some of the incorporated safety initiatives:

  • Grab bars between the patient’s bed headwall and bathroom
  • Patient lifts above the beds
  • Consistent patient room and support space layouts
  • View alcoves to patient rooms with bathrooms located on outside walls
  • Double doors to patient rooms for improved visibility and access
  • Oasis rooms on patient floors for staff to unwind during high-stress periods

The facility’s design also focused on staff and operational efficiencies that include clear patient wayfinding, patient access to clinical services, minimizing travel distances for staff, distinct separation of inpatient and service floor versus public/visitor flow, and clear access to primary patient service entrances. A Level 1 trauma emergency department is also included.

We’ve had an overwhelming positive response to our new hospital. Our physicians have given us great feedback on the efficiency of the layout. Our patients and visitors seem to appreciate all that the new facility offers. In addition, we’ve seen major improvements in our patient satisfaction scores since opening our new campus. —Ryan Tobin, Administrator of Operations, St. Anthony Hospital

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