A Warm Welcome to Janet Corzo
Janet Corzo AIA, LEED AP BD+C recently joined E4H Environment for Health Architecture’s New York office as a Senior Lab Planner. Janet is a registered architect with more than 11 years of laboratory programming, planning, and design experience. Ms. Corzo has a diverse portfolio of laboratory projects that includes undergraduate and graduate teaching and research, corporate and pharmaceutical R&D, clinical, government, vivaria, and biocontainment suites. She specializes in challenging projects with a high degree of technical complexity, including adaptive reuse of outdated facilities and multi-phase projects. Janet is a member of the AIA New York City chapter and the AIANY Science and Research Facilities Committee.
“We are thrilled to add Janet’s expertise to the E4H Life Sciences team. Janet will support our mission to provide state-of-the-art environments that inspire scientists and researchers to discover next generation therapies that revolutionize healthcare.” – Brian DiLuiso, AIA, partner
Baylor Scott & White - The Heart Hospita
Baylor Scott & White – The Heart Hospital Plano is a 116-bed heart and vascular hospital that first opened its doors in January 2007. In 2018, E4H designed a new 164,000SF addition, which offers world-class cardiovascular care to the North Texas community.
The new six-floor North Tower allows for improved operational efficiency and increased patient load. The first floor features a renovated and expanded lobby, a new coffee shop, and the Heart Rock Café—a restaurant caliber dining area. The new education suite is comprised of a 190-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art conferencing ca-pabilities. A new bio-skills classroom allows physicians and residents to practice new surgery techniques. The cardiopulmonary rehabilitation unit has been relocated from the original building and features an indoor track and specialized consultation and care areas for physical therapy patients.
The second floor includes four (three completed, plus one future) new operating rooms with an expanded central core, new blood bank, new central sterile processing department, and an expanded post-anesthesia recovery unit. The new physicians’ lounge—complete with conference rooms and a new residents’ suite—helps retain the top physicians in this field by making it a premier place to work. The third floor houses 28 private patient rooms in a new inpatient unit. The fourth floor is currently shelled for a future 28-room expansion to match the floor below. On the fifth floor, the Baylor Research Institute has moved into the space conducting long term research into pro-cedures and medications.
Collaborating with Healthcare Leaders to
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in 2015, 6% of Pediatric Emergency Department visits nationwide were for Mental or Behavioral Health related issues. E4H participated in a multi-disciplinary team of individuals in order to inspect the issues and develop strategies to improve the patient, family, and staff experience in Emergency Departments serving adolescents. Through provider interviews and an extensive research review, the group proposed solutions for the patient experience of adolescents in Emergency Departments supported by best practices. Explorations and suggestions included in-room patient support and companion programs, including trained advocates as part of the care team, offering holistic treatment and therapy for extended stays, technology enabled positive distractions, telehealth psychiatric evaluations, family educational resource packets, and design for behavioral patients including natural light, accent graphics, and sound masking.
On the Boards
Central Hub for Kettering Health Network
A conceptional design for Kettering Health Network Outpatient Surgery Waiting and Café encompasses all the latest evidence based design and human needs that are vital in healthcare environments. The concept was developed based on Ohio’s native botany and referenced throughout the design to create soft forms and use of indigenous materials. The space is a destination in the hospital that includes an open lounge area for staff to patient interaction, a café with ample seating, natural day light, and connectivity to the outdoors. The space has a monumental greeters desk which acts as the central framework from which additional features spire. The space overlooks a lush evergreen botanical garden - a space of respite for patients and staff.