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Hospitals can be comfortable. They can provide every amenity needed to make you feel relaxed, but ultimately, your stay at the hospital is for one purpose: getting you safely back to your family. With modern designs and a focus on families, hospitals can be transformed into comfortable living environments with a relaxed feel until the time comes when you’re ready to go home.
The new Woman’s Hospital is one of the most advanced medical facilities in the Gulf South for women and infants. A pioneer in women’s specialty hospitals, Woman’s Hospital is a distinctive landmark in design and function. Strikingly modern, the facility provides the highest levels of infant care and specializes in women’s medical and surgical needs, all within a family-centered environment. The 100-acre campus serves women and infants of the region with a nearly 500,000-square-foot hospital and an office building for more than 75 physicians.
The site selection in Baton Rouge allowed for a dynamic architectural response in which space and form shape an identifiable, forward-looking medical campus. The goal was to involve the community in every design decision, creating a hospital for and about the community.
The innovative approach to the charrette process, surpassed the typical design process. Rather than using the conventional design process of presenting and re-presenting various options, HKS designers listened and watched as more than 100 staff at Woman’s Hospital and representatives from the community used colored dots, Velcro boards with moveable pieces and actual furnishings and equipment to physically mock up the optimal hospital layout. Designers – in real-time processes – documented and tested all aspects of the design. All participants’ voices were heard and incorporated into the final design. The result is an inclusive design that offers an excellent family experience from arrival through departure.