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Factors to Consider When Renovating a Medical Facility

To stay abreast of the industry changes, you must focus on achieving maximum patient satisfaction, cutting costs, and improving medical outcomes to reduce the rate of re-admittance. Now, we know that a healthcare remodel is easier said than done. By keeping the following factors in mind when renovating a medical facility, it will make the process a little less painful and far more successful.

Focus on Patient Experience

It is essential to see every detail of the renovation from the patients’ eyes rather than just focusing on the technical aspects. When your goal is to improve the medical environment, you need to ensure that the contractors understand the needs and expectations of the hospital staff and the patients. Consider if the renovations will make a patient’s visit more convenient, pleasant, and efficient. A construction provider that knows the ins and outs of effective healthcare settings is crucial to maximize a successful outcome and minimize project disruptions. 

Digital Visualization 

The days when people rely on two-dimensional plans to visualize a medical facility renovation are fading fast. The new, model-based approach features electronic modeling technologies to facilitate decision-making and add value to the renovation project. Digital technologies, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), allow you to visualize the project schedule, making system coordination easier. They also help in identifying construction problems and safety issues beforehand to ensure a seamless process with minimal change orders.

Interim Life Safety Measures

When renovating a medical facility, the contractors must ensure compliance with Interim Life Safety Measures. The safety and health of visitors, patients, and medical staff must always come first. You need to focus on general health and safety, as well as fire safety and security. Additionally, it is crucial to conduct a thorough inspection of the facility before the renovation starts to identify and mitigate any safety risks.

Set and Adhere to a Schedule

Ideally, your healthcare unit renovation project should support your goals, budget, and schedule. The best way to ensure success when renovating a medical facility is by scheduling the process in phases. This approach allows you to synchronize the activities with the hospital’s schedule and timing.    

Considering the rise of medical care in the country, being sure your facility is up-to-date is critical. Gundlach Champion has extensive experience in healthcare construction services with exceptional quality and value to a diverse range of clients across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. The GCI team brings over 350 years of combined experience to every commercial construction project, from new buildings to renovations. To discuss your next project, contact us at gcfirst.com.

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