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 held both an ACLS and Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic certificates. I started with a one year rotation 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 carrier, a US Navy war ship, had a full service, 367 bed hospital. Suffice it to say, I know my way around a hospital, the space requirements there in, and I speak the language too.
Each project is unique, and I am able to communicate with the doctors and staff, to clearly identify their 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 devoted to the waiting room. This 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. Faster, better service means more repeat business, and more income for you. That’s what it’s all about!
I do work all across the USA and all around the plant, and I make house calls! I’ll travel to your site to work with you, to 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 large, and anywhere you happen to live, I’m here to help. A small design firm, equates to big savings for you.