Creating a comforting – and comfortable – environment for patients and staff.
When the need for expansion arose at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s pediatric emergency department, patient-focused design became the prime concern. The not-for-profit hospital operates both adult and pediatric emergency departments that together see nearly 100,000 patients per year. When the 944-bed healthcare facility expanded its pediatric emergency department to support the increasing volume of patients that use the facility, they sought to create an environment that put young patients at ease.
“We need to ensure that the space is welcoming and child-friendly,” says Brad Bevers, director of facilities design and construction. By installing noraplan environcare™ in the facility’s renovated portion, planning officials were able to achieve a bright, cheerful space that offers aesthetic benefits to patients and performance benefits to staff. Calming blue and cheerful orange floor coverings not only enhance the patient room appearance, but help provide wayfinding cues throughout hospital hallways.
In any emergency environment, resistance to common hospital chemical stains is of extreme importance. The floor’s durable surface also stands up to tough substances, even betadine. And for ease of maintenance, no wax or finish is needed on the flooring to save them both time and money. This also eliminates the need for toxic, scented chemicals to promote a healthy environment for patients and staff.
In addition, medical staffers can enjoy the enhanced comfort nora® flooring provides, allowing them to excel at their jobs even during lengthy shifts. Ultimately, the ergonomic and design value of the flooring meets the end goal to provide a comforting – and comfortable – environment for both hospital patients and staff.
To learn more, read our project brief about Yale-New Haven Hospital.