LEGACY IN THE NEWS: Legacy Emanuel opens new intensive care units

The Oregonian, Portland Business Journal, Daily Journal of Commerce

March 19, 2013

On February 26, 2012 the pediatric inpatients on the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center campus were moved into their new home at Randall Children’s Hospital. Two days later, construction crews began the long process of renovating the former pediatric spaces for adult patients.

On March 17, 2013 a major milestone was completed as staff moved the sickest of the sick inpatients into the new adult intensive care units (ICUs). A 12-bed cardiovascular ICU on the second floor and a 24-bed neuro/trauma ICU on the third floor now occupy a collective 47,000 square feet of completely renovated space.

Evidence-based design principles were followed to ensure that the new ICUs provide a safe and calming environment that will promote health and healing for patients, families and staff.

  • The new patient rooms are considerably larger than the old ICU rooms to accommodate the equipment and large interdisciplinary care teams that are required to provide state of the art patient care. 
  •  All patient rooms are private to promote better sleep, shorten the recovery time and lower infection rates.
    Each patient room features space for a family member to sleep overnight, a large exterior window that provides views and daylight, a private bathroom and space for personal items. The rooms were designed with input from a multi-disciplinary team that included: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and support staff.
  • The front wall of the patient rooms are angled, creating a porch-like space that provides a physical and emotional transitional space at the entrance of the patient room. It is an important place away from the bedside, but close to the patient room, for caregivers to consult with a family member.
  • Unit circulation was organized and separated into “on-stage” (corridors that run along the face of the patient rooms) and “off-stage” (corridors for staff activities away from patients) to create a patient environment that is calm and quiet.
  • Corridors extend to the window wall, providing orientation and connection to the outside and letting in natural light into the patient unit cores.
  • Staff lounges have exterior windows to provide daylight which studies have shown can reduce stress and fatigue in staff.
    The color palette was developed with subdued tones to create a quiet, calming and tranquil environment in the ICU.

As part of the renovation, the Carol McCall Family Lounge was built on the third floor. Carol McCall was a former hospital volunteer and West Wing Intensive Care Unit patient; over many years, Carol and her family have helped sustain Legacy Emanuel Medical Center through their volunteerism and charitable support. The family lounge provides private waiting areas for families and visitors including: a kitchenette, resource room, family conference room and consult rooms.

The adult services renovation is not done yet. Space from the former West Wing ICU will now be part of the Adult Emergency Department remodel, which should be completed later this year. 

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP is the architecture and design firm for the project. Hoffman Construction Company is the general contractor. 

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