5 Healthcare Facilities Designed Around Patient Care


Normally when people think about the important factors involved in patient care, the first ones that typically come to mind are physician expertise and medical equipment or technology. Although these are essential in achieving patient recovery, facility design plays a monumental role in health outcomes.

Studies have shown that physical environments have an impact on patient stress and satisfaction, and healthcare settings with the proper design elements will see healthier, more relaxed patients than those without them. According to Ulrich’s theory of supportive design, there are three ways healthcare facilities can reduce patient stress: Provide a sense of control over the environment, facilitate social support and serve as a positive distraction from surrounding negative circumstances.  

There are many healthcare settings around the country that exhibit excellent design centered around patient care. Here are five noteworthy examples we found particularly impressive.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

The North Pavilion at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital recently opened an innovative, 36-bed patient care unit to bring together patients, family members and hospital staff. The unit features a contemporary, universal architectural design that allows flexibility in how patient beds are delegated. This architectural design features open nursing stations, which allows for patient rooms to be visible at all times. Other key components include technologically advanced monitoring capabilities, room service on demand and large, comfortable patient rooms.

Salem Health Rehabilitation Center

Scott Edwards Architecture added the Salem Health Rehabilitation Center to Salem Health’s hospital in Oregon with the intention of preserving the outdoor environment and providing patients with quality therapeutic services. As a setting for rehabilitation and therapy, the design features were of the utmost importance and required several months of planning. The final project consists of a 34,000-square-foot building with a two-story lobby, indoor gymnasium and workout room, outdoor playground, and a relaxing courtyard with beautiful landscaping.

Marin General Hospital

Due to Marin County’s rapid population increase, Marin General Hospital has had to undergo a $535 million expansion. The new, patient-centered hospital will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, green spaces, rooftop gardens, balconies, and natural light in every room to support a serene, healing environment for patients and their families. There will be a 21,500-square-foot emergency department and trauma center, 114 private patient rooms and six new operating / procedural suites as well.

United Hospital Mother Baby Center

The Mother Baby Center at United Hospital was designed to provide patients and their families with all of the comforts from home as well as the conveniences and appealing distractions of a luxurious resort. Focusing on utilizing design details to enhance the patient experience, four elements were created to reinforce the architecture in this facility: Iconic exterior, super graphics, sculptural ribbons and soft lighting. The glowing ribbons wrap the walls and ceiling in the waiting room, providing a positive distraction and calming environment.

University of Wisconsin Cancer Center

Unfortunately, cancer patients typically visit the same healthcare facility numerous times throughout their life. Because of this, the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in Wisconsin is designed to reduce boredom and support patients throughout their journey. The $72 million, 162,000-square-foot ambulatory care building features fascinating, modern design elements such as a wall that changes color and appearance depending on the time of day and angle it is viewed. There are also operable windows in each room opening up into the scenic landscape and private gardens surrounding the center.

With a career as a medical or nursing assistant, your primary job duties will be centered around patient care. Working in a healthcare setting that is specifically designed around patient satisfaction and recovery would boast numerous benefits and present a more stimulating work experience. To start your career as a nursing assistant, medical assistant or patient care technician, visit our website at: www.woodruffmedical.edu


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