Tak­ing it to the next level

Judges laud de­signs for meet­ing pa­tient de­mands

Modern Healthcare - - Special Feature - An­dis Robeznieks This year’s judges: top row, from left, Henry Chao, prin­ci­pal, HOK; Jo­ce­lyn Fred­er­ick, prin­ci­pal, Tsoi/kobus & As­so­ci­ates; Richard Galling, pres­i­dent and COO, Hammes Co.; Bradley Hin­richs, ad­min­is­tra­tive vice pres­i­dent of trans­for­ma­tion,

Health­care fa­cil­ity de­sign­ers con­tinue to fur­ther de­velop the con­cept of a “heal­ing environment,” which in­cludes the use of nat­u­ral light, views of na­ture, strate­gic use of color and the elim­i­na­tion of noise, but the ex­perts who judged the 88 en­tries in the 26th an­nual Modern Health­care De­sign Awards say new hos­pi­tals will have to go way be­yond that to stand out.

“I think this year’s en­tries say that’s just the base­line,” says Henry Chao, a prin­ci­pal and project de­signer with the ar­chi­tec­tural firm HOK, who served as a con­test judge for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year. “So the ques­tion be­comes ‘What’s next?’ Are these en­tries the last gen­er­a­tion of the cur­rent way of think­ing, or the first gen­er­a­tion of the next way of think­ing?”

An­other judge, Richard Galling, pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Brookfield, Wis.based Hammes Co., agrees and also notes how most of the en­tries were fol­low­ing the prin­ci­ples of the U.S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil’s Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign pro­gram, bet­ter known as LEED.

“Hos­pi­tal­ity? Ev­ery­one gets that, it’s not unique right now,” says Galling, a health­care ar­chi­tect. “The same with LEED de­sign and en­vi­ron­men­tal sen­si­tiv­ity; it would be unique not to ad­dress LEED and be en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive.” Mark Lorenz, who served as a judge and is an as­so­ci­ate ad­min­is­tra­tor at the Ne­mours/Al­fred I. duPont Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren in Wilm­ing­ton, Del., says he is im­pressed with how the en­tries cater to pa­tient and fam­ily needs and had an em­pha­sis on ef­fi­cient staff work flow “built into the de­sign from the be­gin­ning.”

“I was im­pressed by how far the de­sign com­mu­nity has come in the last sev­eral years,” Lorenz says. “The de­sign com­mu­nity is lis­ten­ing to and re­spond­ing to the de­mands of pa­tients, fam­i­lies and ad­min­is­tra­tors.”

Chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals and can­cer treat­ment cen­ters have been long rec­og­nized as be­ing the lead­ers in the de­in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing of health­care fa­cil­i­ties (Feb. 25, 2008, p. 52), and this year’s com­pe­ti­tion showed that these two build­ing types con­tinue to push the meld­ing of hos­pi­tals and hos­pi­tal­ity. Of the 12 projects given awards by the judges, five are chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals and three are on­col­ogy fa­cil­i­ties—in­clud­ing the Me­mo­rial Sloan-Ket­ter­ing Brook­lyn (N.Y.) In­fu­sion Cen­ter, which was one of two fa­cil­i­ties rec­og­nized with the con­test’s high­est honor, the Award of Ex­cel­lence.

Cov­er­ing only 7,745 square feet, the Brook­lyn In­fu­sion Cen­ter was dwarfed by the other Award of Ex­cel­lence win­ner, Mi­ami Val­ley Hos­pi­tal Heart and Or­tho­pe­dic Cen­ters, a 485,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity in Day­ton, Ohio, which won praise for its open spa­ces, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and eco­nom­i­cal con­struc­tion, and a lay­out de­signed to max­i­mize staff ef­fi­ciency.

Two Hon­or­able Men­tions, the next high­est award, were given, both to pe­di­atric fa­cil­i­ties: the Univer­sity of Min­nesota Am­platz Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Min­neapo­lis, a 231,500-square-foot fa­cil­ity that opened in March; and Seat­tle Chil­dren’s Belle­vue (Wash.) Clinic and Surgery Cen­ter, an 80,000-square-foot pe­di­atric am­bu­la­tory sur­gi­cal fa­cil­ity com­pleted in July 2010.

While talk­ing about the Univer­sity of Min­nesota project, Galling ques­tions why such ex­cel­lence has to be con­fined to pe­di­atric in­sti­tu­tions. “I of­ten won­der when I go into a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal why can’t we have that type of de­sign in an adult hos­pi­tal?” he asks. “If I had to spend a par­tic­u­larly long time in a hos­pi­tal, I’d pre­fer to do it in a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal.”

Eight projects were rec­og­nized with Ci­ta­tion awards: Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Los An­ge­les Mar­ion and John E. An­der­son Pav­il­ion; Dana-Far­ber Can­cer In­sti­tute, Yawkey Cen­ter for Can­cer Care, Bos­ton; Health First Viera (Fla.) Hos­pi­tal; Hen­nepin County Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Whit­tier Clinic, Min­neapo­lis; Mul­ti­Care Good Sa­mar­i­tan Hos­pi­tal Pa­tient Care Tower, Puyallup, Wash.; Ne­mours Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, Or­lando, Fla.; Penn State Her­shey (Pa.), Can­cer In­sti­tute; and Phoenix Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Thomas Cam­pus.

The 88 en­tries were eval­u­ated on de­sign ex­cel­lence, func­tional util­ity, flex­i­bil­ity and re­sponse to pa­tients and fam­ily by a panel of judges com­pris­ing five health­care ar­chi­tects/ de­sign­ers and three health­care ex­ec­u­tives.

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