IKM was retained to renovate the sixth and seventh floors of E & F Buildings in support of a planned Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center of Excellence initiative at UPMC Mercy Hospital.
The design created a new public circulation path to divert unrelated pedestrian traffic around the new unit. Additionally, some of the core areas to support the new unit will be reconfigured and additional dining/lounge and therapy/gym space will be developed. As a result of bringing the nursing and therapy activities together a more cohesive treatment team is anticipated.
The units are a mixture of existing inpatient rooms and new rooms designed to meet census demands. A decentralized nursing model will incorporate nurse workstations adjacent to pods of patient rooms to improve patient observation and nursing response times.