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Published on Apr 20, 2012
Through the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre are constructing a new Acute Care Centre expected to begin in 2014. A massive amount of planning is underway. Care providers, administrators and family representatives have traded their uniforms and routines for a 140,000 square foot warehouse and the opportunity to shape the future of healthcare. Full-size departments are mocked-up using eight-foot high cardboard walls -- bringing two-dimensional drawings to life.
Using the Integrated Facility Design (IFD) process, healthcare professionals work together to improve the patient care experience. This is achieved by testing the way patients and family members, care providers, medication, equipment, supplies and information could flow through the new ACC. For example, the 3-D mock-up demonstrated that relocating the care station could improve sightlines to single patient rooms. Planning a facility using IFD allows providers to try out and revise numerous floor layouts.
This video chronicles the IFD process and preliminary planning work currently underway for the new BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre.