Work on John Sealy Hospital was recently featured in the online journal, Construction Today.
From the article:
One of the biggest challenges facing any healthcare organization is the struggle to balance the resources available to it with the need to modernize its operations to provide the most effective care. John Sealy Hospital is one of those facilities keeping up with the times as it engages in a modernization project aimed at allowing it to offer more family-centered patient care. UTMB’s Kim McKay says the hospital’s design was in keeping with the methodologies of the time when it was built. “At the time the hospital was built, the move was to go to private rooms, but they were a lot smaller,” she says, adding that the typical patient room at John Sealy Hospital was originally about 150 square feet. Today, however, hospitals are focused on more family-centered care, where a patient’s loved ones play a bigger role in their recovery. Because of this, the original floor plans of the hospital seemed cramped and confining.
UTMB is addressing that concern with the construction of the new Jennie Sealy Hospital building. Demolition to clear the site for the $438 million facility will begin this fall. The Jennie Sealy Hospital will feature approximately 250 family centered patient rooms. Other features will include state-of-the-art surgical suites and intensive care space. The Sealy & Smith Foundation pledged a commitment of $170 million toward the project, which is expected to be completed in 2016.
As for the John Sealy Hospital modernization, McKay says the hospital will change 100 patient beds into 54 family centered patient rooms. Along with renovation and reconfiguration of these rooms, the project also includes some work on the core of the building, infrastructure and nurse’s stations.
In keeping with the emphasis on personalized care, the nurse’s stations are being relocated to put them near the patient rooms, with additional charting added directly outside patient rooms. One goal, she says, is for patients to have a visual connection to hospital staff. But rooms are being renovated with windows into the hallway to allow nurses to check in on patients, with blinds so that patients can still have privacy when they want it.
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