Facility Selection and Research

Health care facilities have uniquely defined characteristics based on the needs of the facility or population served. Poor design may lead to staff, visitor, or patient stress. In large facilities, the inability to find a department may lead to frustrations and disorientation. Poor layout may also lead to staff inefficiencies or fines because of failure to meet regulatory requirements.
Throughout this course you will design a floor plan for the facility you select in this assignment. This assignment illustrates the difficult balances between patient flow, workflow, safety, and aesthetics. You will use this document as a guide to understand the environmental design elements you should include in your final design. You will submit the Facility Planning Template each week as your assignment.

Select a facility from below to use in your final project. You will use this facility in Weeks 3 through 5. If you would like to use a facility not listed here, please check with your instructor for approval.
• Assisted living
• Birthing center
• Clinic
• Doctor’s office
• Hematology lab
• Hospital security layout
• Outpatient clinic
Research the facility.
Write a 260- to 350-word summary. Your summary should:
• Describe the facility you selected and its purpose in the health care industry.
• Identify the populations who use the facility.
• Identify key characteristics of the facility.
• Explain why you have selected this type of facility.
Cite at least 2 peer-reviewed, scholarly, or similar references.

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