…You might be wondering a variety of things that have you hesitant.
- Is it the right time?
- Are these renovations things that will pay for themselves in time, or are they a necessary investment the facility needs to make?
- Who is qualified to do the work?
- What impact will these renovations have on the patient flow and day-to-day work?
All very valid concerns for any hospital administrative staff.
In this post we’re going to delve into some useful perspective for anyone in this position to ease the process.
Signs that your medical facility probably needs renovation
Ideally a hospital or medical office renovation should address logistical challenges, making your staff’s day easier and more efficient while also improving conditions for patients.
- The medical facility is not set up to allow for newer medical technology or equipment. Sometimes that’s an electrical shortcoming or even how the rooms are set up for air flow etc. The facility can’t grow if the physical design is holding back technology.
- Hallways and routing has caused congestion or inefficient patient flow. What made sense at one time for routing patients and staff may not anymore, particularly as the way we communicate, exchange patient information, or take necessary precautions for infectious diseases have shifted over the years.
- Dated layouts and space constraints that require impractical patient care. This is when you know you’ve outgrown a space. If patient rooms or operatory spaces can’t properly accommodate modern medical needs and your staff has had to alter their SOPs around it, it’s likely costing your facility money in throughput and staff fatigue.
- The facility is old and using dated technology standards. That goes well beyond the computers and medical equipment. If the electrical systems are old or impractical it can contribute to unnecessary additional costs each month running inefficient systems. Same goes for IT considerations like phone lines and ethernet cabling for internet data. Old cables can contribute to outages or slowdowns that affect everyone’s day.
Bringing in an experienced commercial renovation team to audit your hospital’s tangibles in this way is a great place to begin.
Planning the renovation to minimize down time for greater profitability
Renovation does carry some degree of disruption, no matter how skilled the team you bring in. The most seamless medical renovations begin with a discussion with your department heads and staff to determine a few things:
- What systems, such as HVAC and plumbing, will be offline or changed during the renovation?
- Which parts of the renovation require changes to those systems and which can be done separately?
- How can patient care be re-routed temporarily to accommodate?
- Which sections of the facility make sense to undergo renovation first, given the above answers, and which can wait?
- Which parts of the renovation require city permits and which can be handled separately?
- Which parts of the facility must remain undisturbed to maintain code compliance?
Mapping these out goes a long way toward clarifying exactly what needs to happen next, and how your renovation team can get it done most expediently.
Medical facility renovations that keep you adaptable to modern needs
One example of this is the Englewood Community Hospital in Florida, which recently underwent a $10M renovation project to expand its multi-phase emergency department to 18 patient care areas.
This is necessary not simply because of COVID concerns and the demands that has placed on the hospital, but also because the community itself has been steadily growing in recent years.
The facility, while robust, was finding that it was straining to sustain the needs of that growing population in the Southwest Florida region, and this project is a big step toward future-proofing.
Phase one of the project involves a need patient waiting area, a dedicated lounge for the EMS crew to decompress between trips, and a greatly expanded emergency support space. It also includes a private consultation room to make that portion of the patient stay more comfortable and to reduce disruptions while doctors and patients have important discussions.
Call us today to schedule a consult for your next remodel project — we’ll review costs and can optionally help create a plan of action for you so you’ll know exactly which steps to take and what your options are.