Forbes Hospital engaged the IKM design team upon finding out that an agreement was signed to bring on a new obstetrics practice that would increase births at the Hospital by 156%. The 10,300 square foot expansion and renovation had to be completed quickly. Programming and preliminary design work began in October 2015. IKM and Forbes Hospital reviewed past occupancy rates of the existing Labor & Delivery Department.
“IKM provided national benchmarking occupancy rates for Labor and Delivery Departments from the Health Care Advisory Board,” said Mark Rubino, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Forbes Hospital. “We compared those to our prior years’ rates to determine our planning and programming space needs.”
“Our design intent was to bring together the comforts of home with the details of a boutique hotel in a room that new mothers hope to be transferred to,” said Samara Wheaton, Interior Designer. She added, “New mothers should feel like they are at home, with an increased room size, more spacious toilet rooms, and added family areas so all family members are able to feel comfortable. The increase in the room size also allows for moms and their new babies to room together comfortably.”
The expanded labor and delivery unit was operational by February 2016 – only two and half months after programming was completed.