Advance the Evidence Base for Patient Care Interventions
[CannonDesign’s] leadership team is outstanding. They are very respectful of everyone’s opinions. Their knowledge regarding best practices for both Emergency Care and Cardiac Care has kept us all on track to design a project that will deliver the best care for every patient.
Sue Beswick, Director of Emergency Services, UnityPoint Trinity Rock Island
After acquiring a number of hospitals in the Quad Cities region, UnityPoint made the decision to consolidate their cardiac functions at their Rock Island campus to drive better efficiency and outcomes. Additionally, the campus needed to expand emergency services to improve utilization and throughput. Through an integrated, coordinated process, CannonDesign helped UnityPoint leadership re-envision how to structure both cardiac and emergency services and translated this into the design of a 3-story expansion for the Rock Island campus.
To address the projected increase of behavioral patients presenting in the Emergency Department, the ED will have three safe rooms so that high risk behavioral health patients can do no harm to themselves, other emergency patients, or staff. In addition, a new Crisis Stabilization Unit adjacent to the ED is designed to accommodate new care interventions. A departure from the traditional crisis stabilization unit, the design features an innovative lounge area known as “the living room” specifically intended to help de-escalate patients who have been given clearance to use communal spaces. A multi-year research project will determine the impact of this new model of behavioral health crisis stabilization. Upon completion, rigorous data will inform how the new physical environment paired with operational processes are linked to performance outcomes and value.