Featured in the Healthcare Design’s 2014 Architectural and Interior Design Showcase

1September2014_HCD_HiDes The 14th edition of Healthcare Design Showcase celebrates architectural and interior design achievements from around the globe. Submitted projects were reviewed by a jury comprised of architects, interior designers, owners, academics, and other industry experts. The Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, Calif., designed by Moon Mayoras, was featured in the unbuilt/conceptual design category. The publication text for the project reads as follows:

Hi-Desert Medical Center (HDMC) provides basic emergency services, onsite radiology, laboratory, intensive care unit, surgical services, a birthing center, cardiopulmonary, infusion services, and advanced diagnostic services to mare than 53,000 people in and around Joshua Tree, Calif. The single-story, 59-bed primary care hospital doesn’t accommodate the region’s growing need for care, prompting Moon Mayoras Architects, Inc. (MMA) to design an expansion to the Critical Care Center and Women’s Services Unit–the largest expansion since construction of HDMC more than 40 years ago.

HDMC currently features four ICU beds in a single four-bed ward configuration. This doesn’t accommodate the volume of needed critical care beds, resulting in outmigration to other facilities. The four-bed ward design is an outdated ICU configuration, based on current critical care standards for patient safety and infection control. The ICU expansion will not only provide additional inpatient beds to meet the required capacity, it will also feature single-patient critical care beds, allowing for the segregation of medical and postoperative surgical critical care for greater infection control.

HDMC has identified women’s services growth as a strategic market initiative. The facility, which currently employs a four-bed labor, delivery, recover, and postpartum room (LDRP) model, is experience more than twice as many annual births than when it first opened in 2000, and anticipates substantial future increases resulting from physician recruitment. The LDRP expansion will replace the existing room with a new eight-bed unit that will increase patient comfort and privacy.

To read more about the Hi-Desert Medical Center, click here.

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