Virginia Mason Institute has introduced Health Care Facility Design and Flow, a new program that helps healthcare organizations and teams seeking to improve flow and realize the full value of an anticipated or existing facility.
From the moment an organization determines a need for a new space, through when its facility is fully functional and delivering services, Health Care Facility Design and Flow can help to refine objectives, align visions, and optimize flow in the design or use of a healthcare facility, at any point of the journey.
Teams are empowered to define their facility needs with greater accuracy before beginning a costly design and building process, and to optimize the flows of patients and healthcare providers in the space by engaging the front-line staff and executives in visioning, scoping, and 3-D modeling exercises.
Optimizing the flow and design of healthcare facilities reduces waste, generates meaningful cost savings, and ensures that the resulting space supports and enhances the experience of the patients and staff who utilize it.
Health Care Facility Design and Flow captures a full understanding of what the current state and processes are first, in order to better inform a future-state vision for new processes and work flows in a new facility. Clarity around spatial needs, interdepartmental coordination, and flexibility for feature growth or change is captured. When the team members moves into their finished space, it is truly serving their needs and they can realize its full value.
“Very often a team will have a preconceived idea of what they need from a new facility, only to change their minds after they’ve moved in to their brand new space,” said Virginia Mason Institute sensei, Chris Backous, “When they have an opportunity to improve their work processes and design a better coordinated approach to delivering health care, the team is already set up for success the moment they move in.”
Health Care Facility Design and Flow builds upon the extensive, proven success of 3Ps and RPIWs that Virginia Mason Institute has delivered in healthcare organizations worldwide. This expanded and customizable program will allow organizations to benefit from process improvement and lean facility design concepts at any stage of creating their facility.