Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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newborns after labor and delivery. With an increased focus on evidence-based medi- cine, all mother-baby rooms are private to encourage skin-to-skin contact immedi- ately after delivery, as well as continued mother-baby bonding. A nursery with large glass windows allows visitors to look in at high-risk babies. More patient rooms occupy the 10th and 11th fl oors. The 12th fl oor is dedicated to specialty services, and pulls together two previously separate outpatient and inpatient units into a single, expanded- service facility, creating a joint pediatric hematology/oncology unit for the care of children with cancer, rare blood diseases and epilepsy. To support its mission of patient-focused, family centered care, the hospital decided to provide all-private, acute care rooms that are 50 percent larger than the former hospital. Each patient room features a sleeper sofa, a large wardrobe, a safe for valuables and a special patient education/entertainment system for both patients and visitors. For family convenience, each patient fl oor off ers two nourishment rooms equipped with a full-size refrigerator, microwave and ice machine. Waiting areas at the entry to every fl oor/unit are fl ooded with natural light and provide spectacular views of the city. Pieces by local Buff alo artists adorn the public areas, adding to the bright, family friendly environment. Tying research, education to the patient experience Research and education among staff can occur in formal meeting spaces, as well as patient care units. Caregiver work stations are adjoined to a collaborative hub. While the hub encourages multidisciplinary col- laboration through meetings and debriefs, the caregiver work stations provide space for administrative work, staff socializa- tion and shift handoff s. Allowing for close proximity to patients, these workstations provide staff with three work zones: curb- side, step-in and immersive. The curbside zone provides a highly visible place for patients and visitors to easily identify and approach staff , yet off ers privacy for huddled conversation. Step-in areas are designated for computer entry when inter- ruption should be minimized. Immersive space displays important patient informa- tion, facilitates communication amongst caregivers and allows for functional fl ex- ibility between day and night shifts. Additional satellite work stations throughout the units help to control noise levels, maintain patient privacy, allow for easy documentation close to the bedside and maximize sightlines between work ar- eas and patient rooms. The work stations reduce distractions and interruptions and provide fl exibility and choice in workfl ow, resulting in error reduction and maxi- mized outcomes. The new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is the result of a thoughtful pa- tient-focused design approach that creates an innovative, high-quality and freestand- ing facility, providing advanced care and comfort to families and sick children. Uma Ramanathan, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Shepley Bulfi nch. 1. A variety of eateries replace the traditional cafeteria dining style, giving patients and families choice in both cuisine and environment. 2. Large windows provide ample daylighting to enhance work areas. 1 2 Eatery: CannonDesign 38 Medical Construction & Design | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | MCDM AG.COM

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