Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2017

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L F T T T H H E E R R Q E N C U U U MCDM AG.COM | J U LY/AUGUST 2017 | Medical Construction & Design 47 to Wi-Fi and laundry facilities and more adult-centered spaces like a resource library and quiet retreat spaces. The adjacencies and design of more adult- focused services are important topics of discussion with staff and users. Understanding the facility's vision Understanding and fulfi lling the facility's mission, while involv- ing patient/family advisers, is the next step to a success- ful outcome. Begin by hosting in-depth conversations with the organization's leaders to explore its vision for pediatrics. How will the facility support this vision, and does it have a mission statement that charts a course for the vision? How will the general operational needs of a hospital be aligned with those of children and families? The conversations should continue with contributions from facility managers and the leaders and staff of the specifi c care units. Finally, broaden the conversa- tion to include patients in an advisory capacity. Does the hospital have a par- ent or a patient advisory board? If not, consider creating one. Leaders can rely on this board to gather information about overall design and fundamental patient care issues, as well as the development of amenities, including art and play spaces. Alternatively, the design team may suggest a brief patient/ family survey addressing key design issues that will aff ect how they will live comfortably in the space. Creating a safe, positive experience for all ages The overall experience of care must appeal to a wide age range and avoid the intimidation fac- tor of intrusive technology. It must be easy to navigate from the campus entrance, to park- ing, to the hospital entrance and to various destinations in the hospital — no matter the age, abilities, language or culture of the family. The overall feel must be the same at each and every visit. Consistency is a key com- ponent in reducing stress. While the behavior of caregivers, staff and volunteers is fundamental to creating a positive experience, cohesive design supports this eff ort. This includes wayfi nding compo- nents, adjacencies, family ame- nities, branding, imagery, colors, fi nishes, art and play spaces. Providing a safe, protected environment for children and families is critical to fulfi lling the pediatric mission and vision. Successful pediatric design refl ects a graceful and unobtrusive compliance with healthcare regulations and local codes. It means integrating required security and safety standards into the design so that there is no perceivable seam between safety and experience. At a pediatric hospital for which BSA LifeStructures has served as the design team, there is a clear sense © 2 0 1 Maxxon ® Corporation, a ll ri gh ts reserve d . L earn more : 800 - 356 -7 887 i n fo@ m a xx o n .co m • www . M axxon.com F R O M T H E H U U S T L E O O O O O O O O O O F T T T T T H H E E E E E E E E E E E E E E R R R R R R R R R T O T H E Q U I E T O F T T H E N I I I C C C U U U U U , , , F OR HE A LTH , HE A LING & PRIV A C Y M axxon offers com p lete floorin g solutions i dea l t o m ee t th e de m a n ds a n d co n ce rn s o f a modern healthcare f acility, such as : DURABILITY • MOISTURE PROTECTION SOUND CONTROL • ZERO VOC EMISSIONS Does the hospital have a parent or a patient advisory board? If not, consider creating one. Leaders can rely on this board to gather information about overall design and fundamental patient care issues, as well as the development of amenities, including art and play spaces.

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