The delivery of health care is evolving quickly and constantly. Expectations for ambulatory care and the types of treatments that are possible in the outpatient setting are particularly dynamic. As care migrates away from the traditional hospital, the ambulatory environment must anticipate sicker patients, more complex procedures, and higher demands for resiliency and reliability of technology. For all these reasons, the hospital-owned ambulatory care center is crossing over to look and perform less like a traditional medical office building and more like an outpatient hospital. This means robust standards for infrastructure, including highly reliable electrical systems, enhanced infection prevention, and high-performing exterior envelopes. This session will focus on the importance of planning for future flexibility within an ambulatory setting. The case study will focus on the core-and-shell planning process for a new outpatient facility housing multiple types of health care services including ambulatory surgery, faculty practice and cancer treatment.
Identify types of technologies that will impact the planning of a clinical environment.
Develop infrastructure planning strategies to accommodate future health care program requirements.
Identify space planning techniques to strategically plan for future health care workflows.
Assess cost-effective strategies for implementation while considering the total cost of ownership for the building.