Com­mu­nity con­trib­utes opin­ions on hos­pi­tal de­sign

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Front Page - By Scott Hellings

In a ware­house on the far east side of the city, dozens of in­di­vid­u­als have been work­ing to­gether to piece to­gether the city’s new hos­pi­tal. The Five Hills Health Re­gion’s new hos­pi­tal is slowly start­ing to take shape. Over the course of five in­ten­sive days, more than 40 peo­ple from all ar­eas of health­care came to­gether for a sec­ond “3P” (pro­duc­tion prepa­ra­tion process) ses­sion. The ses­sion in­volved ev­ery­one split­ting into two teams to come up with plans for two of the hos­pi­tal’s floors, as well as de­vis­ing mock-ups of what the rooms might look like. Pro­ject ar­chi­tects will now try to come up with plans based on th­ese mod­els. They will meet with team mem­bers ev­ery few weeks to dis­cuss the pro­ject and to raise any con­cerns. The ar­eas of the hos­pi­tal that were fo­cused on in­cluded ICU, men­tal health, women’s health and pe­di­atrics. On June 15 dozens of guests were in­vited to the ware­house to see what work had been done, as team mem­bers showed off large mod­els of the pro­posed floor plans, as well as ex­plain­ing the de­sign process. Guests were also al­lowed to walk through mock-ups of the rooms. It was stressed that ev­ery­thing was de­signed to max­i­mize flow and ef­fi­ciency, in keep­ing with the hos­pi­tal pro­ject’s “lean” con­cept. “The end goal is for ev­ery­one that is go­ing to ei­ther pro­vide care in the new hos­pi­tal or re­ceive the care, in terms of our pa­tients and fam­i­lies, that they are in­form­ing our ar­chi­tects what their needs are. You heard a lot of them talk­ing about flow, and that’s re­ally the fun­da­men­tal goal,” said John Ligouri, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the hos­pi­tal pro­ject. “The fun­da­men­tal con­cept is that the staff... are defin­ing how they need to do their work and what they need in or­der for them to be suc­cess­ful and pro­vide that care.” The process in­cluded pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, al­low­ing them to pro­vide their in­put as to what the hos­pi­tal needs. “You can’t overem­pha­size enough the crit­i­cal role of the pa­tients and their fam­ily mem­bers be­cause this is what it’s all about; this is who is go­ing to ben­e­fit from this, and we need to hear their voices,” said Ligouri. “With this con­cept, you can see the staff, physi­cians and pa­tients can ac­tu­ally walk through the rooms. And a nurse can say, ‘This piece of equip­ment that is crit­i­cal to ei­ther re­ceiv­ing or pro­vid­ing the care works re­ally well.’ But the pa­tient might say, ‘Yeah, but you know it’s kind of in my way when I’m not feel­ing well and I’m a lit­tle dis­ori­ented from the med­i­ca­tions and I need to get to the bath­room.’ So we hear those com­ments and we can fix them and we can im­prove the de­sign, so that when we’re ac­tu­ally func­tion­ing, and work­ing, and pro­vid­ing care in those spa­ces that the prob­lem is solved.” An­other 3P pro­ject will be held in the fall and Ligouri says that ev­ery­thing is cur­rently on sched­ule with the pro­ject. “In pre­vi­ous at­tempts to de­sign health­care fa­cil­i­ties I think it would be fair to say that it was driven per­haps more by ar­chi­tects and a lit­tle bit by the own­ers and the folks who were go­ing to work in it, but not to the de­gree that we’re see­ing now. So that’s fun­da­men­tally the main dif­fer­ence and the big­gest ben­e­fit to us is that the peo­ple that are go­ing to be im­pacted once the fa­cil­ity opens, they’re hav­ing a huge say in how it’s go­ing to be de­signed and ul­ti­mately built.”

Show­ing off the floor­plan for one of the floors of the new hos­pi­tal.

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