Creating accessible healthcare is influencing capital investments and approach to services. Healthcare providers are strategically aligning outpatient care with physical infrastructure and campus development. They are creating access to diagnosis and treatment through flexible physical and virtual resources to bridge knowledgeable practitioners with the point of care needs.
PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICTS (PHD)
Located in rural settings with a wide service range, executing projects for PHDs requires a different approach. Governed by local communities to provide healthcare services, these institutions must abide by the same regulations as other healthcare providers as well as receive voter approval for capital improvements and participate in the public bid process. In our work with seven Washington districts, we have contributed to successful projects at all phases of the capital improvement cycle.
CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS (CAH)
Honoring the community and natural setting of Friday Harbor, PeaceHealth set out to provide a critical access hospital and medical center to San Juan Islands residents and visitors. Guided by the mission to provide emergency, diagnostic and cancer-care services, stakeholders and the professional design team worked in concert to site, mass and configure a flexible, sustainable building responsive to the fluctuating patient census, acuity and project charter. The result is a net-zero ready 38,000 sf, 10-bed facility with an energy use index (EUI) of averaging 90 kBtu/sf (37% of the regional average EUI).
CLINICS FOR THE UNDERSERVED
Yakima Valley Farm Worker Clinics is one example of an organization chartered to bring a wide array of healthcare services. Their enterprise approach to serving communities across Washington and Oregon through 29 facilities and online resources creates access to medical, pharmaceutical, dental, mental, woman & infant, and behavioral health care services. As a consulting resource, we have contributed to their expansion and capital improvements since 2001.
URGENT CARE CLINICS + MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDINGS
Neighborhood care centers alleviate the demand on hospital emergency rooms. When paired with medical office buildings, they also take some of the stress out of getting to the doctor’s office and navigating busy byways for diagnosis and treatment.
Common to all healthcare providers is the goal to provide responsive care as close to the patient’s need as possible. Technology is breaking down these barriers with online resources, video conferencing and sharing of electronic records.