Harrell and Humlong Present on UK'S Emergency Department POE at the HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference

Although the design of hospitals is being influenced by research on the environment of care, a review of the literature supports the fact that very few post-occupancy evaluations (POE) have been conducted to determine the effect of the application of evidence-based design in the hospital setting. 

GBBN's Senior Medical Planner, Jim Harrell, FAIA, FACHA and lead Project Architect, David Humlong, AIA join Lindsey Guinther, MArch, ASID Instructor of Interior Design, University of Kentucky, College of Design and Allison White, Professor, School of Interior Design, College of Design to speak about the current Post Occupancy Evaluation taking place at UK Healthcare.

The ED at UK Healthcare was planned to accommodate 55,000 annual visits by 2015. It is has separate adult and pediatric services and is a Level I Trauma Center. Project goals focused on prioritizing patient access and care; the academic mission of the hospital; integration of clinical services; efficiency and flexibility; and hospital image. The ED expects to see 65,000 visits in 2012; therefore is exceeding programming parameters.

The presenters share how the Post Occupancy Evaluation is assessing how well the ED unit is coping with this patient volume, how well the design matches users' needs, and how users' have adapted their work patterns in unforeseen ways. The study will then identify ways to improve design to create better buildings in the future and illustrate how the environmental quality of spaces impacts care delivery.

This POE is multi-phased and this presentation reports on Phase I - observational research of people in the ED - patients, family members, providers, and support staff and the impact of the design there on.

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