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Taking Health Care to the next level   Leave a comment

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Taking Health Care to the next level

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This hospital room was designed to coordinate all finishes, colors and materials such as the Stryker Bed headboard, wall art and flooring.  Furthermore, many of the materials, finishes, hardware and fabric are specially designed to naturally kill germs for the life of the products.

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One of the first hospital renovations under the new Health Care Law has been completed at the Bayonne Medical Center.   Seamless surfaces, products that naturally fight bacteria between housecleaning cycles, and new standards for patient comfort have guided this project.  Upon seeing the new Transitional Care Unit, nurses remarked “Oh my gosh, this place is awesome,  it feels like a hotel room!”   Two husband and wife teams from Dennis Kowal Architects made the transformation possible.  Project Manager Steven Malyszka was responsible for the project from estimating through construction while his graphic designer wife, Anna Malyszka attended to details like the new patient information boards which were custom designed to fit into the floating foot walls.    And principal designer Dennis Kowal brought some of the latest concepts in hospital design to the project while his interior designer wife, Susan Kowal coordinated all of the finishes, hospital equipment, fabrics and interior design.     The foursome produced an integrated project which unites artwork, drapery, graphics and all of the Department of Health required features that assure security, sanitation, privacy and cleanliness.

Dennis Kowal Architects has specialized in the design for the health community for thirty years completing many medical facilities from doctor’s offices to thallium imaging centers.  The project at Bayonne Medical Center breaks new ground by tailoring the design features to raise the HCAHPS scores (patient supplied grading that affect hospital health care reimbursements).   Features such as reduced glare, sound absorbing flooring, and surfaces that fight the spread of infection directly improve patient satisfaction.   Another feature of the design was to detail all of the construction so that it could be accomplished within 90 days; the maximum amount of time that the hospital could afford to close the floor for renovation.

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Adjustable chairs serve the many nursing shifts while undercounter lighting reduces patient glare. Visitors are greeted by trendy pendant lighting and cast resin panels that contain imbedded dried ginko leaves.   The flooring is anti-microbial and sound deadening while the counter tops are durable cast quartz.
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This new dayroom serves both as a common dining area and recreation room. The comfortable chairs can stack out of the way when not needed. The new facility is barrier-free, low maintenance, and durable.  Complete with acrylic panels that are both decorative and scratch resistant.
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The patient footwall has become a restful combination of natural reeds cast into an acrylic panel complemented by adjustable window mesh that blocks out the sun’s rays while allowing a translucent views to the outside.  Note how the visitor chair folds neatly out of the way. This custom graphic on the patient footwall helps patients remember their room number, phone number, schedule and even helps describe their comfort level.
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Small details were used to create a residential feeling in the hospital.   Indirect lighting, drapes, and  patterned privacy curtains add warmth to the patient rooms while wall hooks for visitor chairs, day chairs that convert to sleepers and niches for bulletins and notices keep the floor and wall consuming elements to a minimum.    Interior designer, Susan Kowal, remarked “Natural light, an uncluttered room and clean lines all figure into the healing process.”

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The two tone wood theme is carried into the patient night stand giving a residential feel to the environment.   The floating table top allows the underneath storage and quick access of books and magazines without the loss of table space.

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Dennis Kowal Architects takes health care design to the next level.

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