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We’ve made a great deal of progress on the construction of the new hospital and the interior finishing. Here’s a closer look at some of the progress this past week.
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This week’s photos highlight the interior work, including paint, tile, casework and other architectural features. The warm colors of the interior walls are carried over to the rooftop gardens to create a calm and healing environment for patients.
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The crews are taking a little extra time off to share the holidays with family, but that hasn’t stopped us from admiring the tremendous progress on the new medical center and adjacent medical office building. Here’s a closer look at one of the pedestrian bridges linking the two buildings, soon to be fully connected.
Images courtesy of DPR Construction, general contractor
While the new hospital building looks virtually complete from the exterior, the steel erection for the medical office building continues. This week, the crew will hold their “topping off” ceremony, when they complete the highest point in the steel frame. This is an exciting milestone and shows how far the project has come along in a short time. The building will be home to many of the hospital’s administrative services, as well as an urgent care center and physician offices.
Here’s a closer look at construction of the pedestrian bridge linking the medical office building to the new hospital:
Meanwhile, the interior work continues in the new hospital building. We previously posted photos of the main lobby ceiling framework. Here is the progress since then, showing the build out of the lobby space today.
Work also continues on the grounds and around the campus. Part of the community improvements made as part of this construction project has been to install much-needed sidewalks along the site on Stanton Avenue. The sidewalk is now installed and landscaping will soon begin, making the area not only safer, but much more appealing for our neighbors.
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A look at how Operational Process Redesign is changing how we work and is improving the hospital experience
by Cassandra Clark, Project Communications Director
With only 13 months remaining before our anticipated move-in date, Eden Medical Center is intensively planning every aspect of the transition. But moving into a new hospital doesn’t mean taking with us all of our old systems and ways of doing work. Our employees, physicians and hospital leaders are taking a whole new look at our work processes with the goal to better support the hospital’s mission and improve the way we care for patients – now and in the future.
Our Process Redesign experts do more than look at a specific task. They examine the entire process of providing a service to a person. The employees, physicians and managers performing these tasks are the experts who focus on re-designing the process as a whole in order to achieve the greatest possible benefits to the hospital and ultimately for our patients. The goal is to realize dramatic improvements by fundamentally re-thinking how the organization’s work should be done, rather than focusing on just one specific task improvement.
Leading Eden’s Process Redesign effort is Shelly Young, RN, MHA, CNOR. We sat down with Shelly to learn more about the work she’s doing at Eden.
Q. Tell us about you.
I have totally embraced Lean and Six Sigma, what we call Operational Process Redesign, because it provides a way to help groups of people from all areas of the hospital solve their own problems in a way that works for everyone.
During my years as a Registered Nurse in the operating room, people who didn’t understand my job were dictating how to care for patients without consideration of how the work was accomplished, often making the work harder. Hoping to facilitate what I thought should be “dictated,” I went back to school. Then, as a member of administration, I still found physicians or patients unhappy with the admin-driven processes. Now, as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I can help develop effective, helpful solutions by coaching teams of people who do the work and know how it will fit into their existing processes.
Q. What do you want people to know about Process Redesign?
It works! It really works! Using a scientific approach to solving problems, in a way that brings together representatives from each role in a process, we come up with solutions that would not have been discovered any other way. People with different roles in the hospital sit down and solve problems together.
Q. What do you want from employees?
Participation. I want ALL employees to participate. We need employees at the table because they are the experts at their jobs. The people who do the work are very aware of the things that don’t work for them in their everyday work processes, and they often have great ideas for making it better.
Q. What’s the best lesson you have learned?
The smallest, simplest fixes can make the biggest difference. The simplest solutions will improve a process throughout the entire hospital. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or require big staffing changes to make a better process. We just have to organize ourselves to be more efficient to get care to patients in a healthy and safe way and, at the same time, create an ideal work environment for staff and physicians.
Q. What do you want to achieve here at Eden?
I want to help Eden employees understand how to make this difference. We care about our patients, about humanity and the future of health care. If we can create something at Eden that works for us, it can serve as a model that can work anywhere else in the country. We could change health care! It’s so simple. We don’t always have to spend millions of dollars in equipment to manage the process, we just have to listen to the people who do the work and remove everyday obstacles that keep them from getting their jobs done. Simple solutions will help us all be better prepared to move into our new, state-of-the art hospital.
I love what I do. I love making a difference for people I don’t even know. I’m excited to share this awareness that process redesign is not rocket science. Some solutions are very simple, some are huge, but most important, those solution come from a team of people who are involved in the work. It’s what sets Eden Medical Center apart and above.
Stay tuned: We’ll take a closer look at some of the Process Redesign teams in progress and follow their success over the next year.
While we haven’t been able to post for a while, we’ve still been working on construction of the new hospital. The progress has been amazing, both inside and outside of the new facility. This past month, we broke ground on the medical office building that will connect to the hospital and be home to many hospital administrative services, physicians and an Urgent Care Center.
Interior work is progressing at a rapid pace. In some areas of the hospital, such as Women’s Health, crews have already painted the walls, installed the flooring and finished details such as the tile in the showers. As you move to the upper floors, the work is focused on wall framing, mechanical, electrical and plumbing and the intricacies of the above-ceiling mechanics for items such as patient lift systems.
We’re pleased to show you some new images of the work in progress. We’ll post more images and articles on a regular basis.
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The land for the new medical office building has been cleared and the pad is being graded to make room for the construction to begin in September.
The kitchen is taking shape as the heavy equipment arrives. The bread and pizza oven is set into place:
The kitchen hoods are set:
The large walk-in freezers are also set into place:
With the new building looking impressive and nearly complete from the outside, we often are asked what is happening on the inside. So, over the next several months, we will post new videos showing various aspects of the project: a behind-the-scenes look at building the hospital all the way to a sneak peak in surgery and the Emergency Department.
Until there, here are a few photos of the latest progress. We still have hundreds of workers on site each week day, working on every floor of the building as well as the exterior. The result? The project is 4 months ahead of schedule!
Photos courtesy of DPR Construction
Main entry lobby wall:
Duct work on rooftop of main hospital tower:
Underground utility work and wall along south side of new hospital:
Hospital construction is among the most complex and challenging type of construction today. Fortunately, one of the best tools that exists to coordinate the complex needs of many users is right at our fingertips. The Eden Medical Center hospital replacement project team uses Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to keep the project not just ahead of schedule, but also ahead of the industry. With BIM, all of the trades (for example, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, heating and ventilation) work on the 3D modeling system in a collaborative effort to “virtually build” the project and work out any issues early, before work begins on the construction site.
Below is an image showing the actual construction, with the same area shown using BIM technology:
In addition, the team uses laser scanners to gather the precise data of construction site terrain and construction in progress. This type of laser scanning is the method that provides highly accurate location information to create equally accurate 3D models.
Below is an example of a laser scan of a completed section of plumbing and mechanical:
The team can then take the actual construction and overlay our BIM image of the same area to identify precise areas of construction. For example, the plumbing contractor can take the image and easily identify plumbing as it actually exists within the building.
This simplified explanation can hardly convey the breadth and depth of the modeling technology being used throughout the project. In the coming weeks, we’ll spend more time interviewing the construction team and sharing how this industry-changing program has benefited the aproject at Eden.