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Hospital Design Project: Cisco LifeConnections Health Center
Location: San Jose, CA
Hospital Interior Design: Jain Malkin Inc
The focus on holistic wellness generated a healthcare design concept that was relevant both thematically and as an organizational component of the space plan. Four rotundas or nodes, each with a large light well/skylight to draw light into the core of the medical clinic express the body, heart, mind, or spirit—principal constructs of holistic healing.
Another feature of the space plan is the ability of caregivers to circulate within and access care suites from “off-stage” corridors. This provides more privacy for staff and prevents patients from overhearing conversations. In turn, patient privacy and dignity are paramount in this medical clinic design which employs all possible measures to assure acoustic integrity.
I was enraged, I would say is not too strong a word, at seeing several very “bland” hospitals that had opened recently having spent all that money to create a stark environment, with all white walls and very little to provide a few moments of delight for anxious patients. In one of these hospitals touted as a “total healing environment,” the maternity unit did not look any different than the standard med/surg unit and there was nothing even in the baby nursery to cue this is where babies are born, to celebrate that event. So I was outraged and I started writing this as a manifesto to say, “This can’t go on; people have got to be aware of this and not let this keep happening.” This is a regression to pre-Planetree hospital aesthetics from the early 1980s.
As to what to include, I firmly believe that we need to pay more attention to areas where patients spend their time and where they are “captive.” As an outpatient, you can decide, for instance, if it’s a depressing experience, to go someplace else for care. But once you are admitted to a hospital for surgery or whatever your condition is, you are there and, in a sense, you’re a prisoner. You can’t just pick up and leave. This is where people are really vulnerable.
Everybody has a story, as I say in the book’s introduction (“A Visual Reference for Evidence-Based Design”), of a tragedy that happened to them, a family member or a friend who had a bad experience whether it is a hospital-acquired infection, a medical error—a whole host of things.
The book, A Visual Reference for Evidence Based Design will be very useful to healthcare organizations and facilities managers and anybody who is associated with managing and directing projects, directing what to build, or trying to decide, at whatever level, whether it’s C-suite executives or the project manager. The book will be of interest because it is a snapshot in time of what’s going on around the country with major healthcare providers, major projects, to be able to see what they are doing with regards to healthcare design.
Welcome to the Hospital Design Blog provided by Jain Malkin Inc, the leading interior design firm in the health care industry. On the Hospital Design Blog we will be posting information covering various aspects of interior healthcare design including hospital design, hospital planning, clinic design, healthcare construction, color consulting, and evidence-based design.