As hospitals and health systems emerge from the pandemic, many organizations are considering permanent design and engineering changes to help prepare for future crises.
At the same time, ongoing market shifts in how and where care is delivered will require careful consideration. With lower-acuity care increasingly moving to outpatient settings and surgery centers and the rise in retail clinics and virtual care services, there will be ramifications for acute care and specialty hospitals.
Watch this Transformation Talks video to learn more about:
- Lessons from the pandemic, including effective infection control and flexible capacity, that will be incorporated into future facility planning.
- Effective alternative design options to better respond to patient surges.
- The impact of the shift of care to lower acuity settings on facility planning.
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Key Take Aways
Here is what our experts had to say:
Design with flexibility in mind and consider modular construction for surge capacity.
Consider the physical environment as an extension of the clinical team.
Assess capacity issues beyond the physical room (e.g., medical gas branch lines).
Evaluate the impact of new technology and solutions on the whole ecosystem.
Bradley S. Pollitt, AIA
Vice President, Facilities
UF Health Shands Hospital
Brian S. Cohen, MD
Medical Director Atreon Orthopedics, Advisory Board Synergy Med, Advisory Board Ospitek, Advisory Board Plethy
Chad E. Beebe, AIA, FASHE
Deputy Executive Director
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
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