VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Dedicates New Ambulatory Care Center

VA_exteriors-114T-13The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System will dedicate its new ambulatory care center Sept. 30. The new center integrates primary care, specialty follow-up, physical rehabilitation, audiology, dental, prosthetics, rehab medicine, community services, outpatient pharmacy and patient education.

With the goal of LEED® certification in mind, Astorino with Associate Architect, HDR, designed the building with sustainable elements, such as: CO2 monitoring to ensure adequate ventilation; low emitting interior finishes, paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and carpets; access to public transportation; bicycle racks and showering facilities for building occupants; and regionally sourced building materials. Features include:

• Clinical exam suites are arranged in small neighborhoods eliminating the stress and anxiety often induced by large medical settings.
• Clerestory allows daylight to permeate and enhance the healing environment of the first floor central atrium.
• Wireless clinical IT systems enhance the current computerized clinical patient record system.
• Within the clinical suites, exam room equivalents are the basic building blocks of the floor plan, providing ultimate flexibility for future clinical and administrative space changes without significant renovation.
• Introduction of rooftop healing gardens for outdoor treatment space, further enhancing clinical outcomes and increasing satisfaction.

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Posted September 28, 2011

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