Anchor the Future of a Growing Campus
With a vision towards the future intersections between technology and medicine, CannonDesign worked closely with many stakeholders in designing the new patient bed tower for Jacobs Medical Center which will open in 2016. Designed as three hospitals in one including women and infants, cancer care, and specialty surgery, the tower is the cornerstone of a new campus identity focused on the future of health, pairing cutting-edge, modern medicine with a best-in-class patient experience. Using multidisciplinary “lean” planning sessions with value-stream mapping, optimized processes shaped the design resulting in efficiencies and innovations aimed at increasing patient, provider and staff satisfaction – including an electronic admission system and a one-stop patient intake center.
Sitting on UC San Diego’s East Medical Campus, the building is designed to take advantage of its geographic context while at the same time create intuitive connections to the existing hospital and accommodate flexibility for future expansions. A series of pavilions both visually fragment the mass and give visual cues to the programmatic units supported inside, while the flexible three-pod layout allowed major program adjustments to be made during design process. To emphasize the beauty of the surrounding context, the team used specific elements of the landscape to inform the interior design scheme and create a distinct brand for each of the three different hospitals. In patient rooms, the Shield patient headwall, designed by CannonDesign, seamlessly merges design with technology, containing all the room’s technology within its innovative canopy.