Dartmouth-Hitchcock Critical Care Unit featured in Healthcare Design

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s new Critical Care Unit, designed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects, is now on tour at Healthcare Design Magazine. This state-of-the-art facility provides 14 new acuity-adaptable beds, designed around a Lean work core to optimize nursing staff travel time and efficiency. Each multi-acuity patient room is defined by three distinct zones for staff, patients, and family. The family zone in particular reflects Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s commitment to family inclusion in patient care, providing a daybed, storage space, television, and temperature controls for patients’ loved ones.

Since its opening in May, Lavallee Brensinger Architects and Dartmouth-Hitchcock have monitored the unit, its Lean program features, and adaptable technologies to determine what lessons can be learned and applied to future projects.

The team, including Project Manager Jeff Galvin of Lavallee Brensinger Architects, will be presenting findings and analyses at the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego, California later this week. The roundtable discussion, “Designing Today’s ICU for Tomorrow’s Patients,” is a sold out event. Visit Lavallee Brensinger Architects at Booth 1 from November 14 to 18 to learn more.