E4H Fitwel Ambassador
Congratulations to Senior Associate Nan Schramm, LEED GA, EDAC, and newly accredited Fitwel Ambassador for passing the Fitwel certification exam. Fitwel is the world's leading certification system that optimizes buildings to support health. Ambassadors are leaders and active participants in Fitwel’s healthy building movement. They are well-versed in the evidence-based connection between design and health, can integrate Fitwel’s strategies within projects. Read more about Fitwel.
Baylor Scott & White -The Heart Hospital
Baylor Scott & White – The Heart Hospital Plano North Tower Expansion 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.
HCD Features Heart Rock Café
In this month's HCD Magazine, E4H is reinventing the hospital dining experience at Heart Rock Café located in the Baylor Scott & White Health - The Heart Hospital Plano.
"Having a culinary dining experience is very different from a cafeteria experience; we want all guests and visitors to have a true oasis from the busyness and high stress that can be prevalent in hospitals." - Julie Martinez, AIA, Lean Green Belt Read the article
On the Boards
USPI Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery and United Surgical Partners International created a joint partnership to create an orthopedic center of excellence in West Palm Beach, Florida. Adjacent to the Good Samaritan Hospital, the new center will offer outpatient orthopedic care including diagnostics services, ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation, and sports performance programs bringing the top quality care of HSS to communities in South Florida. For patient convenience an elevated parking structure is accessible.
E4H has a long track record of successful projects with USPI and has not only worked on many of their ambulatory surgery centers but has created design guidelines that increase USPI’s efficiency.