Critical Care Unit at Maury Regional Medical Center
Location: Columbia, TN
Services: Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Planning
Maury Regional Medical Center, a Planetree-certified healthcare facility, expanded and upgraded their facilities with a new 5th-floor CCU designed by HFR Design. The 5th-floor of an existing patient tower was reconstructed so that it now is entirely dedicated to the care of critically ill patients. This project involved combining units on the first and second floors of the patient towers, and ultimately resulted in increasing the number of critical care rooms from 24 to 26. HFR worked closely with staff and physicians to continue Planetree-design elements in the new department, including maximizing natural light and promoting a healing environment for patients and their families.
From the planning phase of the project was born the idea to include a feature wall, which upon entering the unit would set the tone for the environment. The Critical Care Serenity Wall greets entrants to the CCU, providing a peaceful setting for patients, family members, and staff. The images on the wall display change, with some providing soothing outdoor sounds.
By focusing on function during the planning and programming phases, enhanced features were implemented in the final design that maximize efficiency. These features include: centralized ceiling arm power, patient lifts in every room, larger rooms that provide an alcove sleeper sofa for visitors and a private bathroom for the patient, a family/friends common area that includes a sleep room, large kitchenette and shower facilities, and a private family consultation room.