Client:St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
The design had to create a clinical environment that was dedicated entirely to experiential learning. It had to bring to life a realistic space where health care professionals could be immersed in simulated learning situations, hone their skills, and practice using cutting-edge technology. And it had to do so in a context consistent with a real, functioning hospital.
One challenge of the project was to implement creative concepts and solutions within an existing footprint. One of the oldest floors of the hospital had to be transformed into a highly-modern learning environment and build upon infrastructure that was already there.
The scope of the project included building 14 clinical patient bed simulation areas, with 12 patient rooms and 2 exam rooms. There was a nurse’s station, medication area and other support spaces, including simulated waiting rooms.
One of the most distinctive features of the project, and the most technologically-advanced, was a centralized control room, which included a cutting-edge audiovisual capturing system.
Since the simulation lab was designed for a multimodal learning experience, the plans also had to factor in more traditional educational methods. Three classrooms and seven conference rooms with teleconference capabilities provided areas where groups could gather for lectures and labs, communicate and share best practices.
Practical, functioning offices for the faculty and staff members also were built.
Today the new simulation lab is an innovative educational experience where aspiring health professionals can be immersed in learning how to provide the gold standard of care to their patients.
- Cuttin-edge control room
- Computerized simulation
- 14 patient bed simulation areas
- Nurse’s station
- Classrooms and conference rooms
- High technology and audiovisual capabilities
- Faculty and staff offices