Denver Health and Hospital Authority - Pavilion for Women and Children

  • Jeffery Morris

    Jeffery Morris AIA, EDAC, LEED AP

    Senior Healthcare Principal Contact
Denver, CO, United States of America
Denver Health and Hospital Authority

As Denver’s public safety-net hospital, Denver Health Medical Center offers the highest quality of care to some of the city’s most vulnerable populations. Needing to expand its services, the Denver Health and Hospital Authority commissioned GS&P in association with Boulder Associates to design its 212,000-square-foot Pavilion for Women and Children, located on Denver Health Medical Center’s downtown campus.

In keeping with Denver Health’s commitment to providing at-risk patients with leading-edge healthcare services, the 92-bed, six-story addition embraces family-focused patient care by incorporating amenities that provide privacy, safety, dignity and respect.

Throughout the addition, standardized, identical patient rooms promote safety, familiarity and convenience. Decentralized nursing alcoves just outside of the patient rooms provide clinical staff with close proximity to patient assignments, improving customer service and operational efficiency. Offering delivering mothers both comfort and privacy, the Pavilion’s LDR unit features large, private labor and delivery rooms with modern birthing beds, private bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and a family area with sleeping space. In addition, the unit provides spacious waiting areas for family and visitors with the convenience of a kitchenette and children’s play areas. All mother-baby suites are private and include a private bathroom and shower, as well as ample room for family members and a sleeping area. Located on the same floor as the labor and delivery unit, the facility’s NICU features private and semi-private rooms large enough to accommodate several family members, and a sleep area that allows a parent to stay close by.

In addition to patient- and family-centered components, energy-saving, sustainable features were also incorporated into the facility’s design including ventilation effectiveness, the use of low-emitting materials, thermal comfort and the utilization of natural daylight.

As an integrated and efficient tertiary-level healthcare system that serves as a model for other safety-net institutions across the nation, Denver Health lists patient safety amongst its highest priorities. To ensure environmental safety, GS&P tested major process concepts and the schematic design for potential vulnerabilities in the architectural design using a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). In addition to the FMEA tool, a series of educational training sessions were offered to Denver Health physicians and staff to heighten awareness of the impact of the environment on the safe delivery of healthcare.

Setting a new standard for publicly funded healthcare facilities, the Pavilion for Women and Children at Denver Health Medical Center stands as the first public safety-net hospital in the United States to obtain LEED Silver certification. The award-winning facility includes 15 LDRs; three C-section rooms; 20 pediatric beds; eight pediatric ICU beds; 16 neonatal ICU beds; and 48 mother-baby beds.

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