Naturally inspired environment brings the healing environment to life.
Thanks to a facility upgrade, St. Mary’s Hospital now emulates the serene outdoor environment offered by their Jefferson City, MO location. Situated on a beautiful 100-acre site filled with wildlife and picturesque scenery, the hospital built a brand new 373,000-square-foot building. The hospital’s ultimate goal was to improve the patient experience by introducing natural elements and quiet to the healing environment. As a result, every corner of the hospital offers patients a scenic view – along with privacy for those visiting.
Each of the hospital’s 167 patient rooms includes a family zone with a sleeper couch and a caregiver space. “We have supply servers in every room,” explains Mike Bock, director of facilities. “They hold approximately 80 percent of the supplies the caregiver administers at the bedside. So nurses don’t have to go searching for supplies or leave the room. Everything is right there, allowing them to spend more time at the bedside.”
The primary goal to deliver a quiet, peaceful environment was met by the installation of nora® flooring in the hospital’s patient care and clinical areas. “Our quietness scores are in the 90s – substantially up from what they were at the old facility, and rubber is a contributing factor to that,” says Bock. He adds, “It’s very important to provide a quiet healing environment. Patients and staff experience substantially less noise in this facility. You don’t hear people walking down the halls; you don’t hear carts rolling down the corridors. It’s much quieter than I anticipated. We hear that from our customers, too, and it’s obvious when you’re up on the units.”
The hospital expansion also mitigates the hospital’s growing concerns about capacity in their original 100-year-old facility. “We were unable to create the optimal patient experience in the existing facility, where we had to add on space, as opposed to where it should be located,” says Bock. “For example, adjacencies of the ED to radiology – they may be [at] opposite ends of the hospital and up a floor, which was our case.”
In addition to acoustics control, durability and maintenance remained high on the list of requirements when it came to material selection. Bock shares, “I know that I can put rubber down, and I can easily maintain it for the rest of my career and not have to worry about it. If I put carpet down, in four to five years it’s going to have to be replaced. It’s going to show wear and stains that you will not have with rubber.”
View the final outcome at the complete St. Mary’s Hospital project brief.