IKM was selected as part of a team with Planning and Engineering consultants to provide guidance and investigative services related to the VA’s initiative to improve the care delivery within the Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
The design team was charged with review of information provided by the VA, including CARES data, population demographics, current health care delivery systems, patient demographics, physical structures, strategic and operational plans based in part on the standardized VA population databases through year 2015.
Working collaboratively with the VA Project Team, the design team was challenged to create a plan to update the physical facilities to meet the needs for improving service delivery by recommending spatial changes necessary to meet strategic and tactical plans. Goals included veteran-centered care, efficient use of resources, patient care coordination, adequate space for support services, maximizing clinic efficiency, and accommodating research space. Ambulatory surgery and women’s health were also studied as part of the master plan.
The final plan will develop a framework for a revised five-year construction schedule and shall include prioritized projects and probable opinion of costs for design and construction.