Valley View Hospital
Scope: Renovation, Addition
Location: Glenwood Springs, CO
Services: Architecture, Interiors
The new acute care unit is phase 3 of a 6-phase expansion, finishing out the new 4th floor (shell constructed in phase 1), adjacent to an existing CV lab and critical care unit. There are 33 private patient rooms including 3 larger family-centered rooms. The unit is served with a main nurse’s station with 5 substations located around the acute care unit.
As John Gardner of the Aspen Times stated in his article on October 17, 2008, “the rooms are decorated to improve the patients’ experience. The equipment around the beds is contained in dark wood cupboards and bookcaselike molding, giving the room a library feel. Much of the floor feels more like a mountain resort retreat than a hospital. 6 of the rooms even have hologram fireplaces.”
“The new ACU unit also has 3 family rooms, 1 in each wing, to provide families adequate and comfortable space to relax while they are visiting patients at the hospital and to provide families with more comforts of home during their stay at the hospital, there is a full kitchen with oven, microwave & refrigerator in which to prepare their own meals, and a family dining room to eat their feast if they don’t feel like ordering from the hospital’s kitchen.”
Marty Gaither, Director of respiratory care, was quoted in the same article as stating, “There isn’t a room that doesn’t have a good view!”