Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2015

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40 Medical Construction & Design | J U LY/AUGUST 2015 | MCDM AG.COM organization decided to replace Sentara Leigh Hospital in place. "This is a complicated marriage of design, operations and logistics," Lawyer said. Primary contractor Whiting-Turner sent its mid- Atlantic healthcare coordinator and other experts to HDR's headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska during the design phase to discuss ways to minimize disruption of hospital operations during the project. All the parties agreed that consultation up front was key to an almost fl awless execution. The legacy of Sentara Leigh Hospital began in 1903 when Dr. Southgate Leigh built a 35-bed hospital named for his aunt. Sarah Leigh Hospital was a model of innovation, with rounded interior corners for cleaning, rudimentary air handling and a fi re suppression system. After a merger with Norfolk General Hospital in 1972, a new 250-bed Leigh Memorial Hospital opened at its present site in 1977, featuring all private patient rooms, each with a closet-sized bathroom with toilet and sink. "It was groundbreaking at the time," said Vice President of Operations Eric Young. "But two of those rooms fi t into one room in our new towers, with square footage to spare." Design by committee — engaging practitioners The general fl oor plan for Sentara Leigh's towers is a proven triangle design by HDR, also used at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Each iteration brought design tweaks based on real- world experience. In designing its hospitals, Sentara engages nurses, physicians, administrators and others who use the facilities to create the most optimal designs, right down to placement of storage closets and aesthetics such as fl oor tiles, fabrics and paint colors. Nurse engagement also factored into Sentara Leigh's recent application for 'Magnet' status through the American Nurse Credentialing Center, which credentials hospitals that clearly value the contributions of nurses in all aspects of patient care and operations. "One of the key strategies…was having nurses work in partnership with the architects," wrote nurse executive Jennifer Kreiser in the Magnet application. "One example is the mock-up room walk-through…to ensure items were placed correctly for patient safety, nurse safety and workfl ow." The design committee also worked closely with HDR and Whiting-Turner when Sentara Healthcare From left: Patient rooms include pullout sofas for family sleeping and plugs for charging devices. Visitors encounter a bright, open entry to each unit and easy navigation to patient rooms. "One of the key strategies…was having nurses work in partnership with the architects," wrote nurse executive Jennifer Kreiser in the Magnet application. "One example is the mock-up room walk-through…to ensure items were placed correctly for patient safety, nurse safety and workfl ow." PROJECT TEAM SENTARA LEIGH HOSPITAL WEST TOWER Project Owner/Developer: Sentara Healthcare General Contractor: Whiting-Turner Architect: HDR, Inc. Structural Engineer: HDR, Inc. Mechanical Engineer: HDR, Inc. Fire/Life Safety: HDR, Inc. Lighting: HDR, Inc. Interior Design: HDR, Inc. Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn and Associates Medical Equipment Planning: HDR, Inc. Landscape Design: HDR, Inc.

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