Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2018

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MCDM AG.COM | J U LY/AUGUST 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 45 stress for patients, families and staff and provide an excellent level of full-service care. Upon completion in spring 2020, the new crisis stabilization inpatient unit will have 18 beds, expandable to a full capacity of 28 beds. Both the Analenisgi Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic and the Behavioral Health Recovery Center will relocate from off - campus to be co-located with the inpatient unit on-campus during the renovation process. Meanwhile, a Women and Children's Home will act as a fi nal step in helping women and mothers reintegrate into society. Expected to open in spring 2019, the 5,000-square-foot building will accommodate up to eight women, four children and one over- night staff member. Eventually, a men's re-integration residential facility will off er similar services, as well. The process: lessons learned and applied Through a series of site visits and deep research into best practices and the CIHA guiding principles, the design team sought to under- stand the culture and desired outcomes before entering into pro- gramming. The team conducted detailed studies and simulations of patient intake, meds administration, patient room design, care team work areas, nursing models and staffi ng processes. This deep dive into the CIHA culture and operational procedures was a criti- cal fi rst step to understanding how the team could best approach such a comprehensive and culturally ingrained project to apply best practices with respect and context-appropriate solutions. As CIHA was not the design team's fi rst experience with be- havioral health units, many lessons learned on previous projects were applicable to this space as well, in particular AnMed Health System's complete demolition and renovation of its 8th fl oor bed tower to create a new inpatient unit. As a self-admit facility, AnMed's behavioral health unit pre- sented a challenge in properly separating patients by age groups, off ering safe and comfortable access to family visits and physician consultations, and bringing the infrastructure and materials up to standard. Signifi cant eff orts to ensure the security of staff and

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