Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2017

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MCDM AG.COM | J U LY/AUGUST 2017 | Medical Construction & Design 51 offi ces may be needed for mak- ing sensitive calls or record- ing dictations, but a hallway countertop outside a patient room is convenient for tak- ing quick notes; a staff lounge with adaptable furniture may be best for relaxed reading and research. Having options and variation for where and how clinicians work is ideal, but it is critical that all spaces allow for the integration of technology. Power and network connectiv- ity should be readily available and easily accessed at all poten- tial work stations. Value infused Millennial employees are thinking about more than a paycheck — they're seeking purpose. While a human re- sources promotional campaign may populate an inbox, making a company's values physically expressed through the design of the space is important to overall messaging. Visual presentation of the company's overall mis- sion may take the shape of large infographics on prominent accent walls or by reinforc- ing brand history and identity through curated artwork. Sixty percent of Millennials reported that "sense of purpose" was a big reason behind their choice of employer. 2 Increasingly, employees seek to feel as though they are a part of something bigger and that their work matters. Many companies in the healthcare industry can capitalize on their altruistic origins and promote community health initiatives, while at the same time attract- ing Millennial clinicians. Multipurpose Millennial employees prefer a collaborative work culture to a competitive one. Instead of top-down decision-making, this generation is looking for leader- ship structures in which their voice is heard as part of a team. In design, this translates into the need for more collabora- tive work areas. Central nurses' stations may be designed to include a dedicated physician work space so that a physician is more welcomed by and acces- sible to support staff . A once-private physician dictation room may be slightly enlarged to also serve as small group meeting space for nurse huddles or change-of-shift Open during regular business hours, this rooftop garden provides a place of respite for not only patients, but staff as well. It is situated on the front side of the building, facing downtown. There is also a larger roof garden on the backside of the building, open to the parking garage. Patient rooms overlook both roof gardens . > Left: The design of the corporate offi ces for this healthcare organization was planned to accommodate fl exible work spaces and breakthrough area for comfortable collaboration.

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