Shaped for Healing
Building’s configuration contributes to care.
The curve of the tower
and good lighting add a
feeling to the new space.
Drive by Mary Greeley’s new patient tower and you may notice that it appears to bow out a little bit. Look at the diagram of the tower on the left, and you’ll see that the tower has a sort of football shape to it.
The curve of the hallway helps to diminish the feeling of a long corridor. The shape and good lighting add a warm, welcoming feeling to the new space.
Lynn Whisler, vice president of Clinical and Support Services, also points out that, “materials used in the hallway such as flooring, ceiling tiles and wall coverings were selected to help create a quieter environment, which contributes to the healing process.” The design also allows for several nurses stations throughout the 3rd and 4th floors, instead of one or two centrally located stations. This enables staff to be more efficient and also contributes to a quieter, more restful environment.
- “Materials used in the hallway such as flooring, ceiling tiles and wall coverings were selected to help create a quieter environment.” -Lynn Whisler, Vice President of Clinical and Support Services
- Matt Aitchison, RN, BSN, director of the Medical/Surgical floor, and Joelle Schmidt, RN, look things over in one of the new nurses stations. The number of nurses stations has increased and they are spread throughout the 3rd and 4th floors instead of being in one or two central locations.