Design for Value with Your Architect

Physicians and owner/operators designing for a successful practice begins with your architect listening and understanding.

Medical office design considerations:

Efficient layouts to streamline your staff convenience.

Easy way-finding for a calming patient experience.

Hire an architect that understands your operations

CMArchitects PLLC offers expertise as well as specializes in healthcare facilities including medical office buildings, clinics, outpatient diagnostics and surgery. Our ability to dissect the team needs allows for operational savings because of our experience and small staff. We provide attentive partner experience with 40 years of professional experience in analyzing and designing healthcare facilities.

Our discussions with physicians and operators always involves two key points: a calming experience for clients and efficient space planning for staff.

Every office needs a distinguished entry. The entry is where small medical offices are able to create much more intimate, calming experience for patients. Site access, parking, and way-finding are easier than at larger facilities; which makes clients comfortable.

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.

Success in a Small Medical Offices means two things:


1. Efficient Space Planning


2. Positive Experience for Patients

Efficient space planning for staff, above all, is where physicians and owner/operators will see ROI.

Looking at the big picture, staffing represents over 70% of healthcare costs and nurses spend up to 20% of each day searching for equipment. 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. Hiring an experienced architect that can help you plan for those activities.

Design Considerations

  • The design of the facility should assure a high quality of care through the adoption of efficient work processes.  
  • The clinic should support patient and family-centered care in order to align care practices and delivery with patient expectations.  (Institutional and clinical settings are typically associated with a sense of loss of control, resulting in increased levels of fear, stress and anxiety. The organization and operation of the clinic should provide patients a sense of respect, control and independence.)
  • Utilize technology-enhanced design concepts to allow for fluid and continual upgrades to latest technologies that provide rapid access to patient medical information.  (Technology continually and rapidly evolves)
  • Design flexible spaces that can accommodate changing needs in technology and care practices over time.  Improve physical features in the built environment that appeared to be in conflict with the goal of patient privacy regulations (HIPPA regulations) (Visual and acoustical privacy violations)

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.


Author: Tom Carnell


Reception Lobby design, Nashville medical office building

Reception area by CMArchitects

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Patient room by CMArchitects

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Here is a great article describing the benefits of efficient office design:

Efficient Office Design for a Successful Practice

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