Case Study: Princeton Medical Center

Case Study: Princeton Medical Center - Health Architecture The new health campus includes a new hospital, an attached medical office building, education center, skilled nursing facility, and other uses that enhance the health well-being of Central Jersey residents. '
A few key characteristics of the center include:
- Digital technology that will transform the whole hospital experience. From admissions to discharge, medical staff will be able to easily consult health records, as well as improving patient communication.
- 231 single patient rooms with welcoming décor and amenities that reduce stress and anxiety, while minimizing hospital-acquired infections, improving patient safety, enhancing privacy, improving communications and confidentiality, and speeding recovery.
- Eight labor and delivery rooms, each 320 square feet, equipped with advanced technology and safety features.
- Decentralized nursing stations, enabling nurses to remain just steps away from their patients.
- 600-square-foot operating rooms with the latest in state-of-the art equipment to meet the needs of 2012 and beyond
- 100 percent fresh air in patient areas to minimize spread of disease from certain events, such as bio-terrorism attack or airborne epidemic.

“Virtually every inch of the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro has been designed with the needs of our patients in mind.”

The goals of the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro were to create an environment for the patient and staff that promote safety, comfort, exceptional outcomes, and efficiency. President and CEO of the Princeton Healthcare system Barry Rabner suggests that “designing a new hospital from the ground up was a rare opportunity, and we were driven to design a facility that redefines how care is delivered.” To do this, Rabner and his team interviewed patients and their families about what they felt they needed in the hospital setting and asked their opinions on the design solutions being considered.

The Model Patient Room In order for maximum comfort, the design team opted for single patient rooms. These are becoming the norm in healthcare settings. Single-patient rooms provide patients with much greater privacy, which can be especially important during conversations with physicians and other healthcare providers and even family members and friends. The new patient rooms will feature 100 percent fresh, outside air, which will help prevent the spread of infections. The design team strove to create a culture of excellence that will ensure that each patient has an experience unlike any other. With over a year of planning, the refined model patient room is currently being but to the test with actual patients. This will help to determine the perfect layout of a patient room to improve safety and efficient delivery of healthcare. These simulations may very well impact the design of patient rooms on a national scale. It promotes research on how the actual rooms of a hospital can value and contribute to a patients healing.

“This room is an interactive learning laboratory for testing, refining and discovering ideas that will benefit patients and improve the efficient delivery of healthcare, both for our hospital and potentially many others as well.” - Barry Rabner

Several adaptations came together to form the ideal patient room in regards to patient safety and healing:
- Patient Bed: Having a bed that can be lowered to 16 inches from the floor will help prevent falls. Pressure relieving mattresses weigh patients without the need to get out of bed. These beds are programmed to contact the nurse if the patient exits the bed without assistance.
- Hands-free sink and soap dispenser: Located near the door so staff can decontaminate immediately upon entering without physically touching the fixture.
- Nurse server: Equipped with the necessary supplies, the nurse can access locked up medications while staying in the room, increasing nurse-patient time.
- Computer terminal: This allows caregivers to access patient documentation and information from the room.
- 42 inch flat screen television: Equipped with a patient engagement system, this provides entertainment for patient and family. Educational features can help patients understand their illness and treatment. This also serves as a communication for the nurse where the patient can state their level of pain or symptoms through the unit.
- Toilet Room: A private bathroom is located only three feet from the bed with handrails to prevent falls.
- Low-level lighting: These lights lead directly from the bed to the bathroom to improve safety levels at night.
- Privacy Curtain: A bacteria resistant fiber can be pulled in front of the glass panel door for privacy.
- Closet: This allows patients and visitors to keep personal belongings safe and secure.
- Word Desk: Provides a work surface with a reading light and outlets; also equipped with wireless internet.
- Floors: Material of antibacterial properties for easy cleaning.
- Family zone: A provided sleep sofa, chairs, and a reading light aim to please family members who choose to stay.

Interactive Model

Case Study: Princeton Medical Center - Health Architecture
Case Study: Princeton Medical Center - Health Architecture

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