Comfort and technology key to Mater design
Being in hospital is a stressful and sometimes traumatic experience, especially with serious health problems. Keeping a patient as comfortable as possible at a time when they are feeling vulnerable requires careful consideration of the patient experience.
With the patient experience in mind, the new Mater Springfield Health City project was conceived with patient and community wellness as a key objective. “Our focus was very patient centric,” says Joanna Vasiliou, Director of Built Environment for Mater. “We wanted a hotel look with hospital functionality, and I think the outcome reflects this aspiration.”
The project is Stage 1 of the Springfield Health City Precinct, a five floor, 80-bed private hospital including two inpatient units of 32 beds each, a four theatre operating suite, medical imaging services and a cancer care centre. Mater Cancer Care Centre Springfield was funded by $21.4 million from the Australian Government in partnership with Mater and Radiation Oncology Centres.
Mater is the sole provider of inpatient services in the Springfield area -the third fastest growing urban area in Australia-, with a current population of 32,000 residents, which is expected to expand to 138,000 within the next 15 years, according to a 2013 URBIS report.
The design of Mater Private Hospital Springfield includes the provision for cutting-edge facilities, ergonomic work areas for staff, and patient rooms that allow the occupant to recover in a quiet and comfortable environment, where they maintain a level of independent control.
“Patients love it,” says Fritha Mackay, Director of Mater Private Hospital Springfield. “The room quality, the ability to control the room environment, along with the mix of the physical space and the access to services makes them comfortable and happy.”
Alex Brislan, Project Leader for Architectural firm PDT- Silver Thomas Hanley (PDT-STH), agrees, saying the project met the brief. “The Mater’s client side project team were committed from day one to producing the very best healthcare facility for the community of greater Springfield, and also the best working environment for their staff.
“When the client is this focused on outcomes, it really energises the design team to be innovative, to come up with fresh ideas and work hard to bring the vision to life. Coming from a functional design and functional planning point of view, it promoted innovation and that’s what helps with morale on such a long project, and improves the end result,” adds Brislan.
In addition to core engineering services, Norman Disney & Young (NDY) was tasked with providing innovative solutions to patient comfort, while laying the future-proofed infrastructure required for modern healthcare facilities, all within tight time and budget constraints.