The goals of the new University Medical Center project included reducing the number of errors, falls and infections at the facility and improving patient outcomes, according to an article on the Health Facilities Management website.
The project's design process also helped Barry Rabner, president and CEO, Princeton HealthCare System, understand the relationship between good design and quality care.
"It was a really big discovery for me that the building was more than just a container that would hold people and things, but that it could, in fact, be designed in a way that could help us to achieve important goals," Rabner said in the article.
A safe environment "results in better clinical outcomes, reduced cost and higher satisfaction," Rabner said. "And if you design the building well, as we've now come to learn, it really can deliver on those objectives."