Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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32 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 Planning for technology For fi nancial reasons as well, it is essential to integrate tech- nology into the conversation from the beginning of a project. Hospitals need to include a line item in budgets for technology, which — more and more — is competing for funding with tradi- tional capital expenditures. In addition, without comprehensive planning and budgeting, owners may be forced to make cuts well into the design and construction process that could com- promise operations and/or diminish the design intent. Fortunately, the Kapi'olani Medical Center planned wisely for its new $160-million, 200,000-square-foot hospital tower. A new tower, under construction, is part of a multiphase master plan to rebuild a hospital that serves patients across Hawaii and the Pacifi c region. The tower is a big leap for the hospital and dramatically improves its patient comfort, experience and volume. For instance, the tower has a new NICU with 70 private rooms that replaces an existing open 46-bed NICU unit. At the beginning of the project, Kapi'olani identifi ed its technology inventory, reviewed the new project requirements and considered options that would meet the available budget. By initiating a comprehensive evaluation of the technologies required to meet the design intent from the beginning of the project, the hospital made sure it had the necessary infrastruc- ture to support future growth. The project team worked with the hospital to pinpoint tech- nologies that yielded meaningful impact to clinical outcomes and improved the experience for both patients and staff. Underutilized technologies were redeployed for other functions to optimize the hospital's investments and reduce its initial and long-term operational costs. Exterior and the main lobby (below) of Central DuPage Hospital's Cadence Cancer Center in Warrenville, Illinois, the center contains sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment for the hospital's cancer treatment services. PHOTOS: JEFFREY TOTARO

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