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Indiana University Health
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Indiana University Health and Synthesis Incorporated have collaborated for a decade on a series of renovations within the Surgery Department on the Methodist campus. This enduring partnership began with a master plan aimed at optimizing patient/staff circulation, operational efficiency, and the integration of new technologies.
Master Plan and Phased Renovations
Initiated with a comprehensive master plan, the project prioritized enhancing operational flow and maximizing usable square footage for various surgical specialties, including general surgery, cardiothoracic, endovascular, neurology, orthopedic, urology, and pain/anesthesia. The phased approach allowed for a thorough overhaul of each specialty, addressing specific needs and technological integrations.
Operational Efficiency and Patient Care
While the initial focus was on integrating new technologies, the project evolved to analyze operational efficiencies and improve patient care delivery. Rerouting and consolidating circulation paths opened avenues for surgical expansion, providing ample space for sterile field preservation amidst advanced technologies. This approach aimed at optimizing staff functionality and ensuring dedicated support spaces for surgical activities.
A key innovative approach employed by Synthesis was the integration of a full-scale mock-up of Operating Room 27. This mock-up served not only as a design tool but proved to be invaluable to the entire process. Department leaders, nurses, and medical specialists actively engaged with the mock-up, offering immediate input to the design team. This collaborative walkthrough significantly expedited decision-making processes.
Challenges and Considerations
Renovating an existing department poses challenges such as disruption and infection concerns. Balancing operational impact, patient safety, and construction efficiencies, the team meticulously crafted an implementation plan parallel to project development. This comprehensive strategy considered clinical criteria and facilities considerations, resulting in a streamlined construction process that minimized surprises for both clinical and facilities staff.
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