Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2018

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how they would receive treatment, the hospital selected a nearby warehouse to have mock-ups built for staff review months in advance of construction. The team constructed life-size mock-ups of operating rooms, patient rooms and pre/post-operative spaces. Multiple user group planning sessions were held, allowing doctors and nurses to review everything from space and equipment in the ORs, to outlets and grab bars in the patient rooms. That input was then incorporated into the design. "Smart" rooms were also in the beginning stages across the country during the project planning stages, so designers incorporated the rough-in necessary to prep the hospital for the upcoming smart room needs. "Our designers did a fantastic job, but the diff erence maker was our physicians and nurses giving input of what they needed to enhance the quality of patient care," said Bob Page, president and CEO of The University of Kansas Health System. "The caregivers selected the technology that would serve patients in the operating room and at the bedside. They worked with designers to build in patient safety improvements. They advocated for more natural light and a healing atmosphere for patients, visitors and staff ." Putting patients, staff fi rst Because of their input, the design included many en- hancements that would ultimately benefi t patients. Perhaps one of the most notable improvements is the addition of the fi rst iMRI unit in the region. Tied directly to a neurosurgical operating room, the confi guration enables surgeons to image patients during surgery while remaining close to monitor the progress and results of delicate operations. Feedback from doctors and nurses also resulted in room formations that would help streamline their work. To use technology more effi ciently while keeping equipment accessible, the design cut down on the number of steps to reach the patient and supplies. In addition, the technology is positioned closer to patients and staff to provide care more eff ectively in procedure and operating rooms. "This building was designed with the patient in mind," said Tammy Peterman, executive vice president, chief op- erating offi cer and chief nursing offi cer. "Even fl oor designs illustrate information regarding patient care, including how far into the room caregivers can go without protective equipment." The fl exibility and willingness to fi nd solutions together — whether due to changing codes or fi nding a better design to give patients better care — speak to everyone's com- mitment to getting this right for the community. From the design to accommodate today's technology needs to plan- ning for the advancements of tomorrow, every decision was made knowing this facility is ready to serve its patients for generations to come. Shelly Koehler is vice president at JE Dunn Construction Company. MRI: CannonDesign/Laura Peters; Room: Christopher Barrett From left: Patient rooms were designed with input from doctors and nurses to better serve those receiving care. From decreasing the number of steps between the patient and supplies needed to treat them, to shower curtain rods in the bathrooms, the hospital was truly designed and constructed with patients in mind. > The University of Kansas Health System's new Cambridge Tower A features the fi rst intraoperative MRI unit in the Kansas City region. Tied directly to a neurosurgical operating room, surgeons can image patients during surgery, while remaining close to monitor the progress and results of delicate operations. 38 Medical Construction & Design | J U LY/AUGUST 2018 | MCDM AG.COM

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