Healthcare That Feels Right at Home
Any patient will tell you they’d rather be home. No surprise — home is where we all feel most comfortable. So can a home-like environment contribute to a patient’s wellbeing? MidMichigan Health is a great example that sensitivity to an environment goes beyond aesthetics.
In planning this $34 million expansion, which added a 24-hour emergency department and outpatient surgery center, MidMichigan envisioned a space that felt more human and less clinical. Together with general contractor, Three Rivers Construction, we transformed the typical healthcare environment into a warmer, more casual setting. The things that people find comforting about their homes — eclectic furniture, warm colors, living plants — were adapted here to create a therapeutic ambiance with a social aspect that also feels supportive.
With different medical specialties located along expansive corridors one challenge was to create distinct spaces in the adjoining common areas without creating physical barriers. Our floor plan grouped unique furnishings to create subliminal divisions of space. Soft seating and tactile finishes, along with fireplaces and table-height TVs evoke residential comfort without compromising operational efficiency. Custom furnishings such as occasional tables with raw edges reaffirm a homey personality. At the same time there’s a cohesive feel throughout these open, adjoining spaces. The variety also allows visitors and staff to choose what suits them best for waiting, working or relaxing.
The impact of design on the occupants of these spaces was key to creating a positive experience in what can be difficult circumstances. For patients and MidMichigan staff alike, this environment supports their goals and wellbeing.
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