With no other Maryland hospital offering a comprehensive approach to treating patients with brain and spine injuries and illnesses, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, part of the LifeBridge Health System, saw a huge opportunity for its hospital to become a center of excellence in the area of neurosciences. LifeBridge partnered with HCM to design the new Institute at Sinai. We used a participatory approach to collaborate with nurses, faculty physicians on staff and physicians whom LifeBridge wanted to attract to the new Institute. This approach was instrumental in obtaining feedback on what design layout and features would offer a physician-friendly environment conducive to providing the highest level of patient care.
Through this collaboration, HCM designed an Institute that brought together all of the necessary disciplines under one umbrella — creating a unique interdisciplinary approach to healthcare. The design included the construction of a new outpatient facility in a medical office building on Sinai’s main campus and the redesign of an inpatient unit located in Sinai’s main hospital building.
The outpatient portion of the Brain & Spine Institute, located at the Mirowski Medical Office Building, presented HCM with a unique challenge. The existing outpatient services spanned over two buildings in the main hospital building and needed to be consolidated into one new facility on Sinai’s main campus.
The design focused on meeting the needs of patients who would be coming in for procedures and leaving the same day. The facility is designed for easy access where patients can see a doctor, get a diagnostic test, get rehabilitated, and have an MRI — all in the same building. The overall design encompassed a warm and welcoming atmosphere, to make it a less intimidating experience than going to a hospital.