For the study, YNHH asked Shepley Bulfinch, to discuss and document how lessons learned during the pandemic could change the design of three projects—a neuro-focused bed tower, an Emergency Department expansion and renovation, and a Heart and Vascular Center and Radiology and Biomedical Imaging expansion and renovation—for the better. The goal was to examine critical questions that emerged: Were the three projects in design resilient enough to adapt to unpredictable situations? How could we apply lessons learned during the pandemic to build better spaces? Are we making the right decisions for the campus?
- Utilize improved room standardization to create more flexibility in bed units. Creating adaptable spaces allows a med-surg room to be quickly transformed into an ICU, or a conference center to be used for triage.
- Optimize infrastructure capabilities to quickly adapt to “pandemic mode” needs. This can include quantity and placement of an Airborne Infectious Isolation (AII) Rooms in patient units, Prep/Recovery areas and in the ED. Adjusting key department locations to better serve patients, such as moving outpatient services out of the hospital can improve the sense of comfort for outpatients and add capacity to the acute care environment.