Small Equipment Upgrade Turns Into Major Renovation

By By Dan Hounsell
March 24, 2021

Healthcare facilities regularly undertake upgrades and renovations in an effort to ensure patient comfort, provide up-to-date services and — especially in the COVID-19 ERA — ensure patient safety and comfort. In some cases, these large-scale renovations and upgrades have small beginnings.

A renovation project at Allegheny Health Network’s West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh began with a plan to replace seven pieces of imaging equipment. That plan evolved into an overall planning and design concept by DesignGroup, according to Medical Construction & Design. The master plan involves renovating the entire 43,000-square-foot radiology department using evidence-based design and industry best practices..

One key principles of the master plan relocates radiology modalities to the third floor, offering a cost-effective, patient-focused care and increasing staff efficiency. Patients and visitors to the renovated third floor will encounter new interior finishes and wayfinding elements.

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