HealthSouth, one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers specializing in rehabilitation, desired to build a new rehabilitation hospital in Cypress, Texas, that not only supported the organization’s efforts to grow its market share in the state, but also increased staff and patient satisfaction and improved patient turnover.

As HealthSouth’s trusted architectural and interior design partner on multiple projects, Gresham Smith was selected to provide architectural and interior design services for the new 48,000-square-foot, 40-bed facility that would provide the northwest Houston region with comprehensive inpatient and outpatient physical and occupational therapy services.

After working closely with HealthSouth staff to gain a thorough understanding of the unique needs of the new hospital, Gresham Smith designers incorporated the latest healthcare design research to optimize the rehabilitation process. The team geared architecture and interior design elements specifically toward patient success and well-being, creating an intuitive and aesthetically pleasing design that helps patients and staff achieve their recuperation goals.

Upbeat colors and bright lighting were used in the hospital’s higher-activity rehabilitation areas to improve wayfinding and enhance patient safety. Private patient rooms were designed to provide a calm, quiet and comfortable environment, while an improved wayfinding system helps both patients and visitors navigate the facility.

The flooring pattern in the hospital’s corridors and gym area was designed to assist in gait training for patients, with the flooring itself providing the distance markers needed for assessment. For example, each hallway features a specific repeated pattern that is measured out in meters, and matches the distances marked in most standard gait tests.

As a result, therapists don’t require a special area for the test, and patients are unaware their gait is being assessed, allowing staff to observe their progress in a more natural setting. Additionally, the differing floor patterns throughout the facility serve as an effective wayfinding tool, so the corridors essentially serve three distinct purposes—circulation, wayfinding and rehabilitation.

Designed to return patients to leading active and independent lives, the new HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress supports an optimal therapy experience for every patient in the fastest time, while allowing the facility to treat a greater number of patients throughout the northwest Houston area.



HealthSouth Corporation


Cypress, Texas

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