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Tuesday, October 9, 2018  |  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Transcending the Barriers to Generating the Optimal Patient Room

Laura Adams, MSN, RN
Senior Nursing Director, University of Utah Health Sciences Hospital
Nathan Murray, AIA, NCARB
Design Principal, Vice President, TSA Architects

As one of the largest healthcare providers in the Intermountain West, The University of Utah engaged several practitioners and studies to develop a prototype for “The Patient Room of the Future” The impetus for this was to establish a forward-looking and enabling benchmark for design that would be carried through the complete remodel of the existing six level hospital tower as well as in new planned expansions to the hospital. Top healthcare organizations have a vision for transforming healthcare in the patient room to meet their overall mission, yet frequently, the myriad of potentially opposing processes, constraints, and other cultural and physical barriers get in the way of really achieving it. We break down the process by which nationally-ranked University of Utah Medical Center created the roadmap to remove barriers in achieving their vision to create a prototypical patient room for the future . . . to be implemented and expanded upon across their system.



1. Participants will describe the Imperatives to Achieving Optimal Room Design.
2. Participants will gain insight into how Healthcare Mega Trends Affect the Patient Room.
3. Participants will describe how to Overcome Paradoxes in Achieving Patient Room Goals.
4. Participants will be exposed to Different Solutions Recently Implemented toward Achieving Optimal Patient Room Design.

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH