The initial study for the University Hospital by
FZA,Inc. in 1978 led to the planning and design of a new Surgical Suite, including 14
operating rooms, recovery and other support areas. Subsequent planning studies have
adapted the plan to incorporate increased ambulatory care volume and support for new
cardiac catheterization facilities.
Applied research and innovation have been frequent
elements of the work at the University Hospital. Studies of patient acuity and census
variation in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and one of the first computer simulation
models of an intensive care unit led to the design of a unique critical care wing. Working
with the project architects (Lorenz and Williams) a decentralized cluster concept was
developed providing work space and support areas for nurses and medical staff as close to
the patient as possible. Key to the design is a six bed cluster of rooms with supporting
"T" stations for staff work areas and supplies. Three pods are grouped around a
central charting and administrative core, raised three feet to provide visibility into
each pod. Special emphasis was placed in staff work areas to provide both a functional and
aesthetic work environment.