Hord Coplan Macht’s Jamie Norwood, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C spoke with Cheryl Wood MSN, RN, NP-BC, NE-BC, Administrative Director Women’s and Children, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center on “The Private Room NICU: Design and Transition Challenges” at the HealthCare Design Expo & Conference in Houston, TX.
When the MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center was planning the relocation of an open bay NICU to create private patient rooms, the key challenges involved getting stakeholders, such as clinicians, administration, and families to align on the vision for the unit. The session will take a look into the project from inception to completion and how the design and clinical team were able to work together to focus on a patient and family centered environment. Since the staff is the critical part of the healing environment, strategies and design solutions had to overcome the challenges of expanding the patient care space while maintaining a high level of care.
The design goals set in initial planning determined decision making guidelines that helped to drive the design and construction process maintaining the overall vision for the unit. Through the use of technology, the design team was able to establish strategies to improve patient care without sacrificing staff access and family interaction. Now that the unit has transitioned to the new space, the design solutions have been able to be evaluated by those same stakeholders who assisted in the design process and the team will present these findings in the session.