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I N F O CUS
S T R A T E G I C A PPR O A C H E S to D E S I GN C H A L L E N GE S
THE EFFECTS OF the COVID-19 pandemic have
pushed the U.S. healthcare system beyond all
known limits. Providers were and are still challenged
at several different levels, including
personal protective equipment (PPE) supply
shortages, changing care protocols, staff burnout,
capacity demands, vaccine protocols, and
facility adaptability. While COVID-19 variants
and surges are still with us, it's appropriate to
begin documenting lessons learned to better understand
how planning and design features can
maximize a seamless response to care needs for
a range of crisis events.
A forward-thinking buildout of two acute care
inpatient units in the North Tower (7NT and
8NT) of Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, a major
academic medical center affiliated with the
Medical College of Wisconsin, illustrates the
importance of maximizing adaptability in design
to accommodate various types of acute care
patient populations, including those presenting
with COVID-19.
The goal of this project, completed in 2013,
was to create a hospital environment for future
or potential patients, not necessarily the current
patients that were planned for the space. With
an aging population and the move to provide
care in outpatient or home settings, the acuity of
patients who require hospitalization continues
to increase. Recognizing that the healthcare organization
was uncertain about how many ICU
and acute care beds would be needed in the future,
the project team sought to create an acute
care environment that could be easily converted
to ICU capacity. Little did they know that transition
would be necessary six years later.
GETTING STARTED
RESEARCH
MEASURING UP
A study of two acute care inpatient units provides lessons on
adaptable design interventions that can inform future crisis care
environments By Kara Freihoefer and Sarah Cypher
During predesign phases of the project, HGA
Architects and Engineers (Milwaukee) partnered
with leadership at Froedtert Hospital
to assemble a strong interdisciplinary project
team, which engaged in several Lean exercises,
such as space adjacency diagramming (i.e.,
teams organized the space according to their
needs) and speed dating, (i.e., teams asked one
another questions about their processes)
to elicit design and operational
features needed to create an
adaptable patient unit and patient
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