June 5, 2020

Stephanie Vito Pens Piece on Behavioral Health Team Stations in Healthcare Design

Dissolving the traditional sense of a team station can foster stronger relationships between clinicians and patients as well as improve efficiency and quality of care.

Our Stephanie Vito contributes an article published in the June/July issue of Healthcare Design on rethinking the nurses/team station in behavioral health facilities. She writes, “In all cases, the design of the team station should balance the goal of aligning to the model of care while ensuring both staff and patient safety.”

The piece is rooted in Stephanie’s deep behavioral health experience and uses three of our team’s recent projects as examples of different team station designs and their advantages.

  • University of Kansas Strawberry Hill Behavioral Health Hospital: “The existing building geometry and structural grid presented challenges related to maintaining visibility of the unit from one central team station. The solution was to break down the units at Strawberry Hill into three smaller neighborhoods, each with its own team station strategically located between the daytime (patient activity) zone and nighttime (patient bedroom) zone. As a result, one side of the team station is directly across from the patient bedrooms and the other faces the patient activity rooms, as opposed to a more ideal layout where the team station is surrounded only by patient activity space to maintain a quiet sleeping environment.”
  • Virginia Treatment Center for Children“The unit features a double-sided, open desk where patients and clinicians can sit together, and the staff are provided with tablets for clinical documentation, allowing the center of the unit to be dedicated to human interaction.”
  • Sheppard Pratt Hospital at Elkridge“Providing the care team with mobile technology in conjunction with that model of care, leadership chose to eliminate the traditional team station in its entirety and dedicate the center of the unit to patient and staff collaboration. Clinicians can still utilize a private charting room located at the interface between patient activity rooms and a staff support zone for sensitive documentation or phone calls. However, most of their day will be spent on the unit, directly providing care to patients.”

Read Stephanie’s full article here