With limited financial resources, cautious providers are questioning capital expenditures except where they add incremental revenue. Over the past three decades health care facilities have grown in size considerably, and the size of the patient room has doubled. This study explores a concept for a smaller, ergonomic patient room that uses evidence-based design to provide an environment for high-quality care while checking the unrestricted growth in size of health care.
This session will enable attendees to:
Discuss the growth in the size of health care facilities and in the patient room, and explore reasons for the growth.
Examine concepts that could reduce the size of the patient room and health care facilities.
Identify ergonomic and evidence-based design concepts that allow for high-quality delivery of care in a smaller environment.
Explain the implications of reducing the size of health care facilities on access to care and first and operating costs.
Director, Facilities Planning Services,
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center