MetroHealth1The MetroHealth Critical Care expansion in Cleveland has earned a cover story in Properties magazine. Properties is one of the leading publications in Ohio for design, construction, architecture and real estate – it’s great placement for the project and our firm in this region. The story highlights how MetroHealth’s new facility expands their services and capabilities and also touches on unique realities like, a design schedule to accommodate the Republican National Convention; the creation of one of the premier Ebola treatment centers in the country; and, unique design and construction challenges related to adaptability, wellbeing, standardization and flexibility.

The cover and full story can be viewed online here. Our Jocelyn Stroupe was fortunate enough to contribute to the piece and  was able to convey the important considerations we make as designers of healthcare facilities.  Excerpts featuring her contributions are below.

On patient safety and outcomes

“We assess many aspects of the design that impact safety for patients as well as care providers. Every decision is based upon available research about the impact the built environment has on patient outcomes. We consider aspects such as limiting the spread of hospital acquired infections through careful selection of materials, placement of hand sanitizers and hand washing sinks. Every choice must be able to be durable and able to be maintained over many years. All of these decisions are made with the awareness that we need to reduce stress, and support dignity and independence for the patients.”

On designing for patient wellbeing

“The palette was developed with the intent of creating a calm, nature-inspired, fresh environment. We frequently utilize palettes derived from nature as these are found to be the most calming for patients, families and caregivers in particularly stressful environments. Imagery of nature, particularly those of trees, is used throughout in the graphic panels located in patient rooms and corridors, as well as the exterior windows facing the courtyard.”

Walter Jones, SVP Planning and Design, Metro Health; Adam O’Brien, Director of Design, CBLH; Melanie Townsend, Senior Pre-Construction/Project Executive, Gilbane and Stroupe will be presenting the particular challenges of this project at the Healthcare Design Conference in Houston this November.

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