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Case Study of a Large, Urban Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion Project: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick, New Jersey

This is one of a series of articles by Huddy HealthCare Solution’s experts on ED analytics, planning and design.   Each article offers insights to you as an ED physician leader on how to position your emergency department for architectural design success. ED External and Internal Expansion The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is part of the RWJBarnabas Health system in northern New Jersey. This high-volume (designed for 120,000 visits), university-affiliated, urban, emergency department serves a diverse patient population including local neighborhood residents (adults and pediatrics) as well as Level 1 trauma patients from across the New Jersey, New York […]

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Need a New ED?

Forget Anecdotes, Use Your Data to Get a New ED So many emergency departments are out-of-date and undersized. While hospital administration is pushing for reduced throughput times and elevated patient satisfaction, you, in turn, are fighting a facility that doesn’t support lean workflow or deliver enough capacity. Just complaining about an outdated ED design isn’t going to convince hospital administration to invest in a new ED. Huddy HealthCare’s ED Design Team has developed the analytical tools to prove that you need a new ED. We have predictive models that use your patient care data to prove how a high-performance ED […]

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Design Considerations  for a Safer Emergency  Department

Nearly every architectural project I’ve been involved with to renovate, expand, or upgrade an emergency department (and there have been more than 300 of them) has considered the safety of the patient, staff, physicians, and other providers during the design process. However, these architectural projects have had long gestation periods: it can take years for an organization to consider a project, work with an architect to define the project scope, solidify a budget, and gain organizational approval. Then once the project is approved, another year or more is needed for design, then more time for state approval of the design. […]

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Emergency Department Design Building Blocks Series: The Nurse Station

Emergency Department Design Building Blocks Series: The Nurse Station Presented by Huddy HealthCare Solutions – ED Design Specialists This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Design Team on various components that may be designed in your new or renovated emergency department project. THE NURSE STATION Jon Huddy, AIA, NCARB, MArch, BA President and Senior ED Designer Huddy HealthCare Solutions – ED Design Team While bedside charting with in-room computers or hand-held tablets is the future for emergency care documentation, the need to design a “home base” for staff still revolves around designing a “nurse station of the […]

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Building Blocks of ED Design – Patient Exam Room

Emergency Department Design Building Blocks Series: The Patient Treatment Room Presented by Huddy HealthCare Solutions – ED Design Specialists This is a continuing series from Huddy HealthCare Solution’s ED Design Team on various components that may be designed in your new or renovated emergency department project. THE PATIENT TREATMENT ROOM Every emergency department design will revolve around the basic building block of the patient care room. My first recommendation is to attempt to design a “universal exam room” that can treat any type of patient. Fight the need to develop special room; for example: suture rooms, orthopedic rooms, ENT rooms, […]

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ED Design: Analyzing Current Conditions and Prioritizing Design Needs

This is one of a series of articles by Jon Huddy, ED architect and author of ACEP’s ED design book, offering insights to you as an ED physician leader on how to position your emergency department for architectural design success.  This article focuses on the components to analyze, prioritize and consider for your ED design project to assist you in prioritizing future needs. Never Enough Money Almost every one of the 300 ED design projects that I have completed has started with a discussion regarding “what is working and what is not working in your current ED?”   Almost every time […]

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ED Design Project: A Square Foot of New Construction May Not Mean A New Square Foot of ED Space

This is the third article in a series by Jon Huddy, ED architect and author of ACEP’s ED design book, offering insights to you as an ED physician leader on how to position your emergency department for architectural design success.  The previous articles focused on how and why you need to position yourself to be placed on key committees that will make early, impactful decisions on your potential ED project.   This article focuses on the numerous ways “square footage” is calculated to quantify space so that you are clear on “what your ED is gaining” with a proposed ED design […]

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Participating Early May Save Your ED Design Project

This is the second article in a series by Jon Huddy, ED architect and author of ACEP’s ED design book, offering insights to you as an ED physician leader on how to position your emergency department for architectural design success.  The previous article focused on positioning yourself to be placed on key committees that will be making impactful decisions on your potential ED project.   This article focuses on the three major components of priorities, scope and budget that will impact your future ED design for the next 20 years. Early Meetings Let’s assume that you have positioned the ED to […]

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