Swedish Health, First Hill Orthopedic Center
August 2005 - June 2008
The new 372,000 SF orthopedic facility was the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and provides Swedish Health patients with access to the latest technology through highly personalized care. An abundance of daylighted spaces and amenities encourage family participation and enhance the healing process.
This Seattle facility houses a dedicated orthopedic surgical floor, three floors of inpatient care, three floors of patient rooms, and a dedicated education center. Streamlined patient treatment flows, from pre-surgery testing through discharge, improve patient care and decrease hospitalization time. Swedish staff members are recognized as pioneers, performing more than 5,000 orthopedic surgeries each year. In some instances, joint replacements and spine surgeries are not appropriate, and the Swedish team care model is extended to nonsurgical treatments.
Two-stage air volume control in surgeries and patient rooms provides significant energy savings without compromising infection control. Three-dimensional models were used to represent spatial relationships in patient care areas to doctors and nurses and to demonstrate the organization of ceiling systems to facility operating personnel for maintenance access purposes.