Published in the Healthcare Design’s 2008 Architectural and Interior Design Showcase

Now in its eighth year, Healthcare Design’s annual Architectural and Interior Design showcase presents noteworthy recent projects from across the U.S. and around the world. Featured projects were reviewed and selected for inclusion by a jury of architects, designers, researchers, and facility-based experts. The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion at Eisenhower Medical Center, designed by Moon Mayoras, is featured in the showcase under the Project in Progress category. The 251,260-square-foot inpatient care unit, located in Rancho Mirage, California, is on schedule for completion in August 2009. The publication text for the project reads as follows:

Eisenhower Medical Center is located in the heart of the Coachella Valley, which is a series of desert communities that is home to more than 350,000 permanent residents. Because it is a resort area, the Coachella Valley experiences a significant seasonal fluctuation in population due to the large number of visitors during the months of October through April.

The five-story Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion provides 160 new, private medical/surgical/telemetry and critical care beds for this growing community, and establishes Eisenhower Medical Center as the major regional medical center serving all the surrounding desert cities. One of the unique issues surrounding this area, however, is dealing with the large seasonal visitor influx, which is historically so significant that a further need for 100 additional beds still exists to the handle the demand from October through April. Practical constraints associated with severe local zoning restrictions, budgetary, and operational issues precluded the ability to provide any further inpatient towers to accommodate this level of peak demand. Therefore, the new five-story Annenberg Pavilion was designed to address this seasonal surge capacity by providing an additional 88 expansion beds, when necessary, to provide a total of 248 new licensed beds to the Eisenhower Medical Center campus.

The Annenberg Pavilion blends soft, patient-friendly interiors with the architectural design to create a therapeutic healing environment. The patient rooms are designed and furnished to provide a luxurious surrounding for patients and their family, while facilitating patient care. Special amenities include family and visitor areas for overnight stays by family and guests in hotel-like suites. All patient rooms are fully equipped with with an advanced patient interface, educational and care systems, and the units are supported by computerized automated supply and medication dispensing units, ensuring state-of-the-art patient care. This advanced technology also links patient rooms to food service for a room-service dining experience. Patients are provided with a sense of control and personal choice, and can make dining selections for lunch and dinner from restaurant-style menus featuring healthy, appetizing meals, with bed-side nutritional counselors aiding in healthy choices.

All patient rooms will be fully equipped with technologically advanced, patient interface systems, and the units will be supported by computerized, automated supply- and medication-dispensing units ensuring state-of-the-art patient care.

With more than 50 percent of all Eisenhower hospital admissions entering through the Emergency Department, a new dedicated patient elevator is located to transport patients directly to the patient care units from a new Emergency Department, also currently under construction.

On the ground floor of the new 251-260 sq.-ft. facility is Food/Nutritional Services, Materials Management, future Interventional Catheterization Labs/Diagnostics, and various ancillary support services. At grade, a large public dining deck overlooking the main outdoor plaza infuses the lower level with natural daylight. On the first floor (main level) there will be 34 critical-care beds (24 med/surg ICU and 10 Cardiac ICU), and the future Catherization Laboratory Pre-/Postprocedure. The second floor houses 12 Neuro ICU beds and 30 Neuro Step-Down beds (54 Neuro Step-Down beds in expanded mode). There will be 42 medical/surgical/telemetry beds (74 in expanded mode) on the third and fourth floors.

Nature permeates the pavilion–large windows flow warm, natural light, water structures in the first floor lobby stream soothing sounds, and a healing garden in the first floor courtyard radiates healing, peace, and serenity.

To read more about the project, click here.

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