HCD Conference + Exhibition facility tours offer the opportunity to highlight some of the latest design ideas and community strategies at work in the host city. This year’s event in New Orleans includes three tours from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, November 4.
Here is a profile of one of those tours. To register for the tour or more at the HCD Conference + Expo, Nov. 4-7 in New Orleans, visit hcdexpo.com.
Ochsner Medical Complex – Clearview, Metairie, Louisiana.
Health Ochsner (New Orleans) partnered with Grace Hebert Curtis Architects (GHC; Baton Rouge, Louisiana) to develop Ochsner Medical Complex – Clearview, a patient-centered comprehensive health and wellness center in Metairie, Louisiana.
Located in a former department store, the three-level, 202,000-square-foot facility comprises primary and specialty care clinics, as well as an outpatient surgical unit with eight operating rooms, self-service pharmacy, endoscopy rooms, aesthetic and wellness center. and a 10-bed microhospital.
Patients also have access to dermatology, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging, and outpatient infusion services. The facility also includes a comprehensive pain management center, a sinus center, a physical therapy and wellness gym, and Ochsner’s exclusive interactive O Bar, which includes a variety of doctor-recommended products such as activity trackers and wireless heart rate monitors. blood pressure, and has an iPad. bar. Patients can be equipped to participate in digital medicine programs for diabetes, hypertension, and complementary care for chemotherapy.
Flexible clinical planning
To implement Ochsner Health’s collaborative care approach, the facility was designed around the patient experience, paying special attention to department adjacencies and patient and provider circulation routes. Patients do not have to travel to different facilities to receive care and can see multiple specialists in a single visit and in one location. For example, a hematology patient could schedule their infusion, doctor visit, and blood work on the same day in the same building.
Departments with associated healthcare are adjacent to each other to reduce walking distances for both patients and providers. For example, imaging, phlebotomy, and pharmacy are located on the first floor so patients can easily access these services before or after their visits. Surgery and pre-post recovery are centralized on the second floor and the third floor offers multidisciplinary clinics with room for future growth.
GHC developed a variety of organizational options including evaluating nursing stations, provider stations, and adjacent exam rooms to maximize staff efficiency and quality of care. Extensive research into various types of clinical modules, along with meetings with departments to gather information on clinical flow needs, ultimately produced a design that will accomplish both. The size of the clinic module was standardized throughout, including the outdoor space on the third floor, allowing one clinic to be moved and another to grow as needed.
Employ a hotel aesthetic
The design team developed a high-end hotel aesthetic that includes access to natural light and a palette of finishes of terrazzo, tile, and metal and vinyl wood-look materials to create a relaxing environment for patients during their appointments. These materials are combined with Ochsner’s signature blue color and brand elements.
As a final touch, artwork from the region is displayed throughout the facility to enhance the overall design while supporting local artists.
Ochsner Medical Complex – Clearview Project Details
Location: Metairie, Louisiana.
Completion: February 2023.
Owner: Salud Ochsner
Total construction area: 202,000 square feet (three floors)
Total construction cost: N/A
Cost/m2 feet: N/A
Architecture firm: Grace Hebert Curtis Architects LLC
Interior Design: Grace Hebert Curtis Architects LLC
General Contractor: Broadmoor LLC
Engineering: Duplantis Design Group PC (civil), Morphy, Makofsky Inc. (structural), YKMH Consulting LLC (electrical and mechanical)