Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2018

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MCDM AG.COM | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 29 1. SUSTAINABILITY: Reuse existing chassis by renovating 4 patient fl oors; upgrade infrastructure for energy- effi cient mechanical, electrical and lighting systems (estimated to reduce energy consumption by approximately 10 percent) and provide sustainable interior fi nish materials. 2. FLEXIBILITY: Standardize room design to accommodate various patient types and acuity, enhanced by easily modifi ed wall-mounted storage systems. 3. FUNCTIONALITY: Improve patient and staff safety features (e.g., easy access from bed to toilet, ceiling lifts, private rooms for enhanced infection prevention); accommodate bariatric care; distribute nurse stations for shortened travel distances and improved care; facilitate patient tracking and communication technology. 4. PATIENT AND FAMILY NEEDS: Provide a family zone within each patient room, including sleep sofa, patient storage and TV with interac- tive entertainment, education and communication features; family lounges with work areas and integrated personal device charging and softer indirect lighting. Converting semi- private rooms for privacy, unique needs A key design challenge is the conversion of 143 semi-private and 26 private patient rooms on fl oors 4 to 7 to 196 total private rooms with full bathrooms, including 19 ADA rooms; 5 bariatric rooms; 18 rooms with special amenities for larger patients, such as larger beds, bariatric lifts, larger bathroom doors and larger showers and 7 pediatrics rooms. The solution employs a combination of approaches to meet clearance and budget requirements within a limited 1950's-era fl oor plate. This was achieved primarily through the conversion of three existing semi-private patient rooms in each wing to two larger private rooms with space require- ments for ADA or bariatric care. The renovation of remaining semi-private rooms into smaller private rooms included full bathrooms. The design for the smaller private rooms was developed using two full-scale patient mock-ups on an existing patient unit, which were evaluated by staff and tested by patients in the unit. For example, one room utilized a toilet/shower room with lowered walls, a swinging door and a traversing ceiling lift extending to the shower; the second room employed a bath- room with full-height walls and a sliding door. Based on safety requirements and functionality, the toilet/shower room with the sliding door was selected (for improved clearance at the bed). Expanding vertically to increase bed capacity Bed capacity is being increased with a vertical expansion of the East Tower by 2 fl oors, each consisting of 24 new private acuity-adaptable rooms with full bathrooms; distributed nurse stations for shortened travel distances and improved care and advanced technology for patient tracking and com- munication. The interior environment refl ects Park Nicollet's aim to provide a safe healing environ- ment for patients and families Photos: Brandon Stengel The interior environment of Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in Minnesota aims to provide a safe healing environment for patients and families and to support the patient care team. Patient unit elevator lobbies feature color- coded nature art to enhance wayfi nding.

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