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IN FO C U S
S T R A T E G I C A P P R O A C H E S to D E S I G N C H A L L E N G E S

WHEN A VISITOR walks onto the renovated Farr 8

R E N O VAT I O N

DAVID SENIOR

EXPERIENCE REIMAGINED

Converting existing space into a recovery unit at Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center offered the opportunity to solve some
of hospital environments' biggest challenges By Theresa Harris

inpatient floor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, the environment may feel different from other acute care
floors. This unit is softened with sconce lighting, warm wooden floors, and natural color
palettes; floor-to-ceiling windows offer views
of the foliage canopies in an adjacent residential neighborhood; corridors are free of clutter
and obstructions; and the floor is quiet. "We
wanted to solve the problems that typically
plague hospital environments," says Marjorie
Serrano, nursing director for cardiac surgery
at BIDMC, who was involved in planning the
recent renovation of the floor along with her
clinical staff. "Hallways are often congested
with equipment and linen hampers, and staff
congregate around busy nurses' stations. In
the previous space, shared patient rooms
were cramped, didn't have adequate privacy,
and couldn't accommodate visitors. It was too
noisy and too busy."
Working with architects, planners, and interior designers at Steffian Bradley Architects
(Boston), the project team reimagined the
patient experience for BIDMC, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School that handles
more than 750,000 patient visits annually.
The 16,000-square-foot renovation converted a single floor of nephrology offices and a
patient observation unit into an all-private
recovery floor for cardiac surgery patients in
BIDMC's Farr building, which is located on
the Longwood Medical Campus, a dense urban
area of Boston that houses some of the country's top hospitals in one downtown district.
Moving the existing cardiac care unit from
the sixth floor to the eighth floor offered the
square footage necessary to address growing demand for services and increase the unit
size from 14 semi-private beds to 20 private
beds, improving the patient experience. "We
heard recurring feedback from patients that
their rooms on Farr 6 were too small, not private enough, and noisy," Serrano says. The
revamped 20-bed step-down inpatient unit is
part of the organization's larger
institutional master plan and will
serve as a model for future renovation efforts.

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Healthcare Design - May 2017
Contents
Editorial
Photo Tour
Uplifting Design
Healthy Outlook for Green Design
Inside Story
Renovation Experience Reimagined
Product Spotlight Flooring
The Center
Special Supplement
Special Advertising Section
Face Time
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Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Healthcare Design - May 2017
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Cover2
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