Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2016

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HOLISTIC SPACES We are in the midst of a para- digm shift in healthcare deliv- ery. Hospitals continue to see patients with increased acuity, and outpatient services are being located in more conve- nient, less foreboding struc- tures, closer to their homes. Moving outpatient services of campus to an ambulatory care center within a community has many benefi ts. Primary care providers have the opportu- nity to work in a collaborative environment often with other providers such as specialty care, blood lab, diagnostic im- aging and rehabilitation. The smartphone generation of pa- tients likes the fast and conve- nient "one-stop" access. These ambulatory care centers often support community health initiatives by of ering wellness programs, health screening and education programs. One of the initial deci- sions that must be made when considering moving outpatient services of the hospital cam- pus is should the freestanding ambulatory care center be housed in new construction or in a retrofi t of an exist- ing building? There is much to consider when evaluat- ing an existing building for a new ambulatory care center. While economics and return on investment play a signifi - cant role in this decision, the focus on creating a superior patient experience is becom- ing increasingly infl uential in evaluating options. OFF-CAMPUS RETROFITS + THE SUPERIOR PATIENT EXPERIENCE BY TAMI P. GREENE HOLISTIC IMPRESSIONS H O L I S T I C S P A C E S ISSUE FOCUS Clockwise, from top: With wide, sliding doors at the entrance, this former offi ce building retrofi tted for an ambulatory care center affords an obstacle- free greeting setting the tone for patient satisfaction. > The lighting, color, sound and texture defi ne this ambulatory care interior, a retrofi t of an offi ce building. > A palette of earth-toned fi nishes combines soothing colors and varied textures to create a warm, inviting waiting area putting patients at ease. Images: IKM Incorporated/Adam Warner 41 Number of outpatient visits per 100 persons. — 0.1 day Average length of patient stay in ambulatory settings. — 34 Medical Construction & Design | M AY/ J U N E 2016 | MCDM AG.COM

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