ORLANDO, Fla. (August 01, 2012) --- Caregivers at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) are “examining” mock-up patient rooms, previewing furniture, placement, layout design and other features to help ensure the best "design prescription" for patient care in the new ORMC patient tower.
The room design also reflects elements based on feedback from patient focus groups, including natural lighting, views, warm environment, visitor comfort and entertainment options.
Additional mock-up areas include a nursing station and clinical documentation stations.
“Having our clinicians tour the rooms and provide feedback beforehand is an important step in the building process,” said Mark Schaefer, administrator, Ancillary Services and Facility Planning. “Team member input early on means we will get it right in all rooms. Otherwise if we are wrong once, we are wrong 190 times.”
The 190+ bed patient tower, a consolidation of inpatient beds to improve efficiency and cost savings, is part of the Redesign and Renovation Project, ORMC’s latest community investment.
The project also includes increasing the size of the Emergency Department. Additional project plans include increasing the size of and renovating existing cardiovascular, surgical, critical care, pharmacy and laboratory areas.
The project is expected to be completed late 2015. The redesign is expected to end in 2014, but the renovations inside ORMC will take another year.
The Redesign and Renovation Project, at an estimated cost of $297 million, represents one of the largest and most significant projects in the organization’s history.
Orlando Health is a $1.9 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of hospitals and care centers throughout Central Florida. The organization, which includes the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. They are: Orlando Regional Medical Center; Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children; Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; South Seminole Hospital; Health Central Hospital, South Lake Hospital (50 percent affiliation); St. Cloud Regional Medical Center (20 percent affiliation) and MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando – the first affiliate of one of the nation’s premier cancer centers, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Orlando Health’s areas of clinical excellence are heart and vascular, cancer care, neurosciences, surgery, pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatology, and obstetrics and gynecology.
Orlando Health is one of Central Florida’s largest employers with nearly 16,000 employees and more than 2,500 affiliated physicians supporting our philosophy of providing high quality care and service that revolves around patients’ needs. We prove this everyday with over 110,000 inpatient admissions and nearly 690,000 outpatient visits each year. In all, Orlando Health serves 1.6 million Central Florida residents and nearly 3,000 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides approximately $239 million in support of community health needs. More information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.