These nature-inspired interior details aid healing
By Veronica Zurita
Healthcare spaces that are designed functionally for medical treatment can overlook the patient experience and inadvertently cause stress and affect the healing process. As a faith-based organization, Florida Hospital sought to create an environment that promotes healing for women through a sense of place and inspiration. We were challenged with designing a highly specialized Florida Hospital for Women within a larger campus that stood out as being unique, hospitality-inspired, and patient-centered.
The new tower at Florida Hospital for Women in Orlando is charged with providing advanced healing and healthcare programs for women under one roof. This new women’s hospital represents the culmination of a vision for whole health care on a prestigious system’s flagship campus. It’s the latest addition to an Adventist faith-based institution that provides whole-person care for a network of 24 hospitals in Florida. VOA, now Stantec, provided interior architecture and interior design services for 149,000 SF facility which includes 336 beds, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), labor and delivery suites and operating rooms and 100+ beds available for future growth.
The design solution creates a space that celebrates women in all life stages by providing a customized, comprehensive health and healing experience in a serene environment. The scope for the project included clinical and support areas, a triage center, the labor delivery and mother and infant patient room floors, the Breast Health Center, and a lactation center. Public spaces include the Marketplace and an Education Center that will provide parenting and birthing classes and promote community outreach.
The redesign empowers and comforts hospital patrons with nature as an inspiration throughout. There are numerous smart and thoughtful design aspects of this state of the art healthcare facility, but we’ve narrowed it down to five that we can’t help talking about that contribute to this peaceful supportive environment for healing.
Here are six cool things about Florida Hospital for Women:
- Organic Glass Globe Chandelier. This awe-inspiring piece inspires a sense of wonder. Patients and visitors are welcomed into the lobby with a two-story atrium wrapped in glass to reflect the light. The hospitality-like setting reduces patient anxiety with soft lines, soothing colors, and natural textures.
- Inlaid inspirational scripture quotes. At this faith-based institution, quotes from scripture inlaid in the terrazzo flooring evoke qualities such as faith, strength, courage, legacy, care, hope, and grace, inspiring those healing, their supporters and caregivers. The scriptures are located at the base of graceful hourglass shaped columns adorned with illuminated column caps covered in reflective glass mosaic.
- Way-finding is simplified by the use of graceful nested arcs that feature wood paneling with illuminated signage to direct users to key areas of the hospital such as registration, triage, and the marketplace.
- The focal point of the patient room is a customized headwall featuring a back-lit resin panel with brightly colored blue ribbons representing the celebration of new life and sliding doors to keep medical equipment out of the patient’s sight-line.
- The customized footwall was designed to organize the patient’s view to create a clean, relaxing aesthetic. The wall includes a flat screen panel and offers space for patient personalization including a magnetized wall panel. The counter-top was designed to be at desk height, and the nurse board was integrated into the wall panel.
- The corridors create movement with soft cove lighting that follows graceful curves in the flooring design. The patient room entry is inset to create a “front porch” concept and incorporates the nurse charting station bringing care to the patient.
Veronica Zurita, IIDA, NCIDQ is an interior designer in our Orlando, Florida office with a diverse portfolio in hospitality, healthcare, retail, and themed entertainment projects. VOA, now Stantec, provided interior architecture and interior design services for the new Florida Hospital for Women. HKS served as the building architect.