Design creates high-tech, high-touch model
Construction is complete on the new 385,000 sq ft West Chester Medical Center in West Chester, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati. RTKL designed the $116 million acute care hospital and medical office complex, and provided comprehensive medical equipment planning to ensure the integration of high-technology systems. The evidence-based design and high-tech tools support advanced, patient-centered care.
The 162-bed, five-storey facility focuses on patients with a holistic, integrated view of care rather than a model that moves patients between departments. “Touch points” are clustered around the central rotunda to ease wayfinding and make the hospital seem friendlier.
Each patient room provides a platform for bedside electronic charting, which is one element of the hospital’s all-digital capabilities. A first-of-its-kind communication system integrates the staff’s wireless VoIP phones into the nurse call system so they can be instantly connected. Infrared locator tags help staff find each other as well as equipment. The nurse call system also utilizes touch screens in each room, which can be configured in the future to interact with medical records and other patient information.