Published in the Healthcare Design’s 2011 Architectural and Interior Design Showcase

The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion at Eisenhower Medical Center was selected for Healthcare Design magazine’s 11th annual Architectural and Interior Design showcase. Featured projects are reviewed and selected by a jury of architects, designers, researchers, and facility-based experts to showcase the most notable and inspiring recent healthcare projects from across the U.S. and abroad.  Designed by Moon Mayoras and completed in October 2010, the 251,260-square-foot Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion in Rancho Mirage, California, is described in the hospital pavilion section of the showcase and is categorized as an addition. 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.

Because more than 50 percent of all Eisenhower hospital admissions enter through the Emergency Department, a new dedicated patient elevator is located to transport patients directly to the Annenberg Pavilion from the new Emergency Department.

An outdoor dining area, located on the ground floor, has an outdoor plaza that includes a waterfall and pond, with seating areas and strolling paths along reflecting pools. The family areas on each floor can view this “healing plaza” area.

The new 251-260 sq.-ft. facility houses the following functions: ground floor – food/nutritional services, materials management, interventional catheterization labs/diagnostics, and various ancillary support services; first floor (main level) – 34 critical-care beds (24 medical/surgical ICU and 10 cardiac ICU), catherization labs, and pre- and post-procedure; second floor – 12 neurology ICU beds and 30 neurology step-down beds (54 neurology step-down beds in expanded mode); and third floor and fourth floors – 42 medical/surgical/telemetry beds (74 medical/surgical/telemetry beds in expanded mode). The program includes: 160 licensed beds (and 248 in expanded mode); 24 critical-care medical/surgical beds; 10 critical-care cardiac beds; and 12 neurology critical-care beds.

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