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IU Health Multi-Discipline Renovations


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IU Health and Synthesis have worked together on a series of phased renovations in the Surgery Department for 10 years. Starting with a master plan illustrating an improved patient/staff circulation across the department that enhanced operational flow and maximized the usable square footing for procedure space and new technologies, this multi-phased project served general surgery, cardiothoracic, endovascular, neurology, orthopedic, urology and pain/anesthesia.

While the initial influence for the projects were the integration of new technologies, it became an analysis of operational efficiencies, patient care delivery improvements, the identification of opportunities to expand the surgeries and integrate new building system technologies. The rerouting and consolidation of circulation paths created possibilities for expansion of the surgeries thereby providing staff with ample space for preserving the sterile field amidst the various technologies while giving the circulator dedicated space to support surgical activities.

A renovation of an existing department creates potential infection control concerns. This disruption must be measured for operational impact, patient safety, and construction efficiencies to minimize the duration of construction activities. The implementation plan was carefully crafted with all the stakeholders to integrate not only clinical criteria but also facilities considerations. The result was a cohesive plan that prevented surprises for both clinical and facilities staff and a streamlined construction process.

Project Highlights

  • Renovation of multiple operating rooms

  • Total of over 70,000 SF

  • Programming, planning, architecture, and interior design services


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