The project at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is the renovation of a currently underutilized area in an existing building (approx. 6,800 SF) to expand the Primary Care services for the island community.
The naturally restorative powers of nature that surround the hospital were the initial inspiration for our design and have been augmented by an additional planting bed that greets visitors as they travel the path leading to the main entrance. Upon entering the facility, the experience is influenced using color and forms that are reminiscent of elements that surround the facility: water, sand and stone. Natural light fills the patient/family support area where seating is provided, should waiting be required. In keeping with the vernacular of Martha’s Vineyard the limited exterior modifications were designed to respect the existing building and reinforce the New England Style architecture with features that present a welcoming residential quality while providing a professional supportive experience.
The 16 patient exam rooms were designed to address safety and confidentiality of patient/family and staff, as well as efficiently supporting their clinical and administrative functions. MD/RN rooms and other staff support spaces were designed working with the providers to offer appropriate areas for further documentation, consultations and, when time allows, a lounge filled with natural light to take a break and recharge with lockers to secure personal belongings.
An innovative aspect to the exam room design was to locate and orient the sink so the caregiver does not have to turn their back on the patient to wash their hands. This is hypothesized to increase patient satisfaction and increase handwashing compliance, reducing healthcare acquired infection.