Introducing E4H Cares
Community involvement is a cornerstone of the values of our clients as well as our staff. The foundation of our firm is uplifting health and wellness “Improving the human experience through inspired design.”
E4H is an active supporter of our client’s missions, as well as supporting our local communities through drives, volunteering, and fundraising. E4H is solidifying this mission and engaging employees through the implementation of E4H Cares, the charitable wing of E4H. This initiative will unify our charitable efforts, and empower employees to become more engaged in the community under a guiding principle.
The E4H Cares mission of improving the wellness of our communities includes not only physical health, but also access to mental health, food security, and basic human needs. Each office has a team of ambassadors, connected to their local communities that will organize events throughout the year to answer local needs. E4H will connect with clients to ensure that we are supporting their overarching mission through donations and design, and we will participate in pro-bono work in the developing world to bring best-practices and evidence based design. E4H is committed to to doing our part to improve outcomes world-wide.
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.
The Emergence of Genomics and its Impact
New modalities of healthcare delivery are emerging, as the nexus of technology, genomics, and personalized medicine impacts healthcare. Translational research is allowing these breakthroughs to reach the patient more quickly than ever before. As architects and designers, we are increasingly challenged to provide a bridge from our current modes of patient care and biomedical research to the future. Both IVF and cancer treatment provide models for care delivery that are being addressed by large healthcare organizations.
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.