IKM Inc

Lancaster General Hospital Orthopedics Center OR Suite


Location: Lancaster,  PA
Completion: 2004
Project Area: 10,000 ft2
Services: Architecture


Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania determined that they could improve patient care and the outcomes of their orthopedic patients if they pulled that service line into a separate, yet co-joined facility.  They retained IKM to design a state of the art Orthopedic Specialty Hospital that would redefine the standard of care for the community.

After being greeted by a receptionist the patient moves through the surgical process in an efficient clockwise manner moving to a private Pre-Op bay to the OR to PACU and/or Post-Op.  The seventeen Pre-Op and Post-Op bays are contiguous and flex between functions over the course of the day’s schedule.

The new 10 Operating Room Suite is organized with 5 rooms on either side of a sterile core which provides an added level of infection protection and a location where the case carts are staged, which facilitates quick room turnover.  The operating rooms are identical and fully digitized.  The multi-boomed 720 SF rooms have cameras in the light heads as well as throughout the room giving complete visual access of the surgical field to observers at remote locations.  The information management system allows for automated room set-up specific to an individual surgeon as well as the ability to send still and video images to all web enabled locations for instruction and consultation.

The project also relocated the sterile processing department to a third floor location with dedicated elevators connecting the SPD to the operating suites. This allows the case carts supplies to both the Orthopedic OR’s and the existing OR’s to move with better efficiency.  A new vertical circulation element made up of four hospital grade elevators was also constructed.  This dedicated patient transport core allows for the movement of inpatients without overlapping public and staff circulation paths.