Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2016

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16 Medical Construction & Design | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2016 | MCDM AG.COM news, awards, etc. Industry Lahey Outpatient Center in Danvers, Massachusetts, is one of the fi rst healthcare facilities in the country that has an MRI machine, which allows patients inside the MRI (or in-bore) for an ambient experience. This state-of-the-art technology positions a video screen outside the MRI, while a mirror attached to the head gear lets patients focus on what's playing on the screen instead of worrying about the exam, giving the sensation of more room as well as a visual distraction. The facility is an outpatient facility of Beverly Hospital. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health designed the space, working closely with key project team members to fully under- stand the unique architectural, engineering and construction challenges for the technol- ogy and to create a calming patient experience. For example, rounded corners make the room feel larger, and equipment and supplies are hidden behind a wall in recessed storage, all to create a more soothing environ- ment where technology and patient comfort intersect. IWR Building Systems, a specialty contractor focus- ing on building enclosure systems, recently earned the 2015 Keystone Award for Project of the Year for its work on the Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis, Missouri. The annual awards, divided into 12 catego- ries, recognize contractors' successes in resolving construction challenges faced on a project. IWR won in the specialty subcontractor category for projects in the $2-5M range for its complete responsibility of the Shriners Hospitals for Children's building enclosure. The building exterior consists of 3,600 rotated square metal panels that required precise crafts- manship due to the intricate geometric details of the building surface. The panel system has been engineered with a pressure-equalized rain screen design, which allows for a drainage cavity behind the panels. To reassure the building owner that the enclosure will function properly, IWR became the only exterior contractor in St. Louis to be certifi ed by the Air Barrier Association of America as a require- ment to having a weather-resistant barrier installed. Three-Year Initiative Aims to Reduce HAIs The Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are launching a three-year initiative to improve the implementation of infection prevention and control efforts in U.S. hospitals. The goal is to strengthen infection control practices in targeted acute care hospitals. In addition, HRET will work closely with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering to develop resources to help design and redesign hospitals in ways that reduce infection risks to patients and staff. For details, visit Beverly Hospital, Beverly, Massachusetts, pioneers In-Bore Ambient Experience MRI Suite to provide an interactive patient experience. IWR Building Systems was recently honored for work on the Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis, Missouri. From left, Matt Ford, UNIVERSE Corporation; Gale Bennington, Shriners Hospitals for Children-St. Louis board member; David Hanson, IWR project engineer and Mike Peck, IWR project manager. TECHNOLOGY Outpatient Center First in Nation with In-Bore Ambient Experience MRI St. Louis Specialty Contractor Recognized for Shriners Hospitals for Children Project HIAs: Magann/

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