Phase three of the new $54-million, 100,000-square-foot, three-story addition to Doylestown Hospital, named the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion, is now complete. Recently opened in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, phase three marks another milestone in the hospital’s commitment to expanding care for their most vulnerable patients, with the fit-out of a new 32-bed intensive/intermediate care unit on the Pavilion’s third floor. The project team includes SLAM and The Norwood Company.
Modeled after the cardiovascular ICU on the pavilion’s second floor, the ICU/IMU is designed with private universal rooms to flex between the hospital’s increasing demand for intensive care and step-down beds. With patient well-being in mind, three zones are designed in the patient room specific to clinical, patient and family functions, indicated by a change in flooring pattern and ceiling height.
The SLAM healthcare design team worked closely with the clinical staff to incorporate best practice and Evidence-Based Design principles and amenities that seamlessly integrate Doylestown Hospital’s clinical care within a warm and caring environment.
The unit focuses on patient-centered care to promote safety and noise reduction, as well as efficiency and enhanced workflow of the staff. “Pods” centered around eight patient rooms, four on each side of the bed-wing core, are designed to expedite response time to patient needs and to reduce movement and supplies in the corridors. Curved corridor walls allow visual connection from the nurse station to the decentralized stations and into the rooms. Glass-walled rooms behind the nurse stations allow close collaboration between staff, while maintaining a visual connection.
A family comfort room with large floor-to-ceiling windows is located at the end of the unit and provides home-like amenities, laptop counter and views to nature. Respite rooms in the unit offer families a place to be together in an intimate and calming environment. Family and visitors benefit from the pavilion’s atrium café that offers heart healthy eating options.