Katie Wilson, M Arch, is a health care designer at Hilliard Architects. Katie has spent the past year designing an entire floor of new, single bed patient rooms at the VA Sacramento Medical Center. This renovation repurposes clinics and lock-down psychiatric space into a 25-bed step-down unit with distributed nursing, drugs, and supplies. When senior VA executives attended a ThedaCare symposium, they were impressed with the potential for a 70 percent increase in caregiver time spent with patients that could be so facilitated—and with the positive patient response to additional time spent with caregivers. It is clear that Hilliard Architects understands this treatment concept and has translated it into design. Katie researched patient lifts as part of this project.
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