Post-Occupancy Evaluation at Saratoga Hospital
Recently, HHA performed a post-occupancy evaluation at the Saratoga Hospital Cardiac Services and Cath Lab. This project added additional space to the existing Cath Lab suite for a new Cath Lab, 8 new pre-op/post-op beds, support areas, and renovation of the existing suite. Overall, the newly designed space received high marks from staff based on the improved patient flow; better patient monitoring, and overall aesthetics.
One comment was that although they were happy with the amount of storage, they wanted more locking cabinets. A second comment was that the pre-op/PACU can become noisy with little acoustical privacy due primarily to the Central Nurse Station and the use of only curtains between patient bays. Designing the recovery bays with hard walls between would have reduced the requested bed capacity, and the Central Nurse Station was desired for better patient monitoring.
As part of HHA’s post-occupancy evaluation, we observed a live cardiac catheterization procedure to see how the room functions in real-time and the interactions between doctors and nurses. These observations are always valuable to reinforce a broader understanding of medical design.