01 Jun Healthcare Development Trends | Design for Small Medical Offices
Smaller is better. Wayfinding and efficient layouts streamline staff convenience in small medical offices.
Hire an architect that understands your operations
Capital costs can be daunting. But at less than 10% of the annual healthcare spending, they are not the primary reason our healthcare spending in the U.S. is equal to the entire economy of Germany. The United States spent $3.3 trillion on healthcare in 2016; the German economy was valued at $3.48 trillion in 2016. Looking at the big picture, staffing represents over 70% of healthcare costs and nurses spend up to 20% of each day searching for equipment. Hiring an experienced architect that can help you plan for those activities.
Healthcare reform has created a climate where we are constantly in transition and convergence when considering a number of factors — economic, environmental, social, cultural, clinical and technological. When addressing these fundamental issues, we are finding the best way to address the junction of these issues is to streamline staff convenience. Smaller is better, whether we are designing stand-alone medical buildings or small units within a larger building. Small medical offices are being built in small towns across the country and they will become more prevalent in the future.
Small Medical Offices need two things:
1. Efficient Space Planning
2. A Welcoming Entry
Our discussions with physicians and operators always involves two key points: a welcoming entry for clients and efficient space planning for staff.
Whether we are discussing small medical offices, or a patient floor of a hospital, we understand that every doctor, nurse, and operator has different needs. Our ability to dissect the team needs allows for operational savings because of staff efficiency.
Every office needs a distinguished entry. This is where small medical offices are valuable. Site access, parking, and way-finding are easier than at larger facilities; which makes clients comfortable.
CMArchitects PLLC offers expertise as well as specializes in small healthcare facilities including medical office buildings, clinics, outpatient diagnostics and surgery. We provide attentive partner experience with 40 years of professional experience in analyzing and designing healthcare facilities.
Author: Tom Carnell
Reception area by CMArchitects
Patient room by CMArchitects