Medical Construction & Design

MAR-APR 2018

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MCDM AG.COM | M A RCH /A PR IL 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 25 I n creating its new Health and Wellness Center, ProMedica was not only faced with the usual chal- lenges associated with building large outpatient clinic facilities, but also with a unique opportunity to address many of the major disruptors confronting the healthcare industry. This included issues such as access to care, community engagement, leveraging health technology and how consumerism is changing the nature of patient preference, choice and use of new clinical facilities. Challenges and opportunities The primary challenge of the project was consolidating 11 physician practices with outdated infrastructure systems and distributed throughout Sylvania, Ohio into one shared multispecialty facility. Combining the practices together brought the expertise of primary and specialty care practices under one roof. The new facility accommodates up to 60 primary and spe- cialty care physicians, walk-in urgent care, clinical laboratories, radiology, pharmacy, optical services, behavioral health services, an endoscopy center, café and retail. ProMedica began by mapping the current process and operations of the phy- sician groups to defi ne the future opera- tional modes of team-based care, increase overall exam room utilization and enable interdisciplinary collaboration between primary and specialty care physicians. Each fl oor in the new facility features a collaboration room to enable the delivery of an integrated care model, wherein dif- ferent practices meet with patients and families to ensure care coordination. The new 230,000-square-foot facility cost approximately $50 million. Space savings identifi ed from shared support areas and resources helped to reduce the overall construction costs. The fi nal design features 23 standard clinic modules, which are interconnected to allow ease of move- ment for patients, staff and supplies. This design enables the gain of staff and spatial effi ciencies with shared support and ancillary services and load-leveling of the practices' schedules. The use of electronic medical records digitally connects the physical building and healthcare services to the overall health system. The visual connection to nature is repeated throughout a patient's journey within the building. As they enter the building, the south courtyard is part of the three-story atrium where check-in, registration and the café are located. > The building envelope was designed to reduce the impact on heating, cooling and lighting. Parametric modeling was utilized to produce a randomized pattern for striated terra cotta panels. This creates a soft dappling appearance of an ever-changing building skin based upon the time of day.

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