Helipads Top New Parkland Hospital Construction

Construction of two helipads on top of the new Parkland hospital will improve health care quality and safety for patients.

Currently helicopters transporting patients to Parkland must navigate between two buildings to land.

“Helicopters now will have a clear flight path to the helipads,” said Lou Saksen, Senior Vice President of New Parkland Construction.

In addition, the helipads will have a built-in de-icing system, Saksen said.

“It will be heated so ice can’t form, which is much better than our current method of having our engineering staff salt down the helipad and scrape ice away,” Saksen explained.

The helipads are substantially larger, designed to offer the option of having more room for caregivers who are waiting on air ambulances to land, according to Saksen. All air ambulances in surrounding counties are linked to Parkland’s premiere trauma and burn centers, where the most severe cases are treated.

High-speed, oversized elevators are being installed on the helipads to more quickly transport patients to operating rooms.

“There are also structural accommodations for a future expansion of a third helistop that would allow for increased volume and frequency, thus better serving patients when needed,” said Nathan DeVore, a project architect with Corgan Associates Inc., a Dallas-based architectural firm designing new Parkland.

The new Parkland hospital is scheduled to be completed in summer of 2014, and open in 2015. With a campus covering 2.5 million square feet, it is the largest new hospital construction project in the country.

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NICU rooms at new Parkland include a sink designed for infant baths

New sinks were designed especially for baby bath time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at new Parkland.  They support the baby in a reclining position making it easier for parents and staff to ensure the safety of the baby during bath time.

Parkland is installing these sinks that work safely and efficiently as infant bathtubs in all Neonatal Intensive Care Unit rooms in new Parkland.

Parkland is installing these sinks that work safely and efficiently as infant bathtubs in all Neonatal Intensive Care Unit rooms in new Parkland.

One of the very special moments for new parents is the baby’s first bath.  However, it can be a challenging process if you don’t have the right equipment.  Parents or staff must cradle the baby with one hand and try to wash and adjust the water with the other.  Or, an extra insert must be added to support the baby, allowing the baby to rest on a sloped surface while the parent or staff washes the baby.

“Newborns need to be supported during the bath and are slippery when wet,” said Paula Turicchi, Senior Vice President of WISH. “Traditional sinks are awkwardly shaped for newborn baths.”

The benefits of the custom-designed sinks support Parkland’s goal for providing safe and quality health care, for all patients. Eliminating the baby bathtub insert is safer and more efficient, Paula said.

“After the bath, there is no extra equipment dripping water onto the floor during cleaning and drying; no storage space required for the inserts; and no trash if the inserts become damaged or unusable,” Paula said.  “When baths are finished, the sinks can be used as normal for hand washing.”

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Building Parkland: Innovation

Progress has always coincided with innovation. In this episode of Building Parkland, learn how BARA employed innovations from both construction and health care that would help shape the future of both industries.

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Building Parkland: Project Overview

The new Parkland hospital is the largest hospital construction project in the country. In this episode of Building Parkland, the construction teams discuss the challenge of the overall project.

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New Parkland, building serenity

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The structure of the chapel at new Parkland is complete and the roof is on.  Glass installation starts next week, and sheetrock walls should be complete in about a month.

The chapel at the new Parkland Hospital will be representative of the many faiths at Parkland, said Gena English, Interior Designer and Senior Program Manager for New Parkland Hospital.

“The peaceful, meditative space will be adaptable to the variety of services that are held each week,” Gena said.

To support the flexibility, the space can be arranged with the alter and service elements in several orientations.

“A backlit feature of shimmering blue glazing evokes the feeling of gently flowing water,” Gena said. “Beautiful banners, a traditional decoration carried from the existing Parkland worship space, will be hung opposite the main chapel entry.”

Staying with the design vision of bringing the outside into the building, there is caramel limestone that is carried from the exterior of the building and wood tones continued from other areas of the building to provide a rich backdrop for religious services, Gena said.

There also is a flat screen display to support multi-media presentations concealed within the wood panels of the space.

“The new Parkland chapel is designed to be inviting to both staff and families looking for a place of quiet, reverent, and spiritual retreat,” Gena said.

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President John F. Kennedy Memorial Garden

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The President John F. Kennedy Memorial Garden at the new Parkland hospital will memorialize the president’s life, while offering a place of hope, healing and history for patients and the community.

The garden is being funded through private donations, including a generous lead gift from The Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation. Contributions of $5,000 and above will receive recognition in the garden. For more information please contact Cindy Scott, senior development officer, at x62021 or cindy.scott@phhs.org.

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Construction complete on new Parkland hospital burn intensive care unit

Construction of patient rooms for the Burn Intensive Care Unit is now finished in the acute care tower of the new Parkland hospital.

Patients in the BICU, one of Parkland’s premier service lines, will benefit from having private rooms that measure 260 square feet, an 85 percent increase from the smaller rooms currently shared with another patient. The rooms are large enough for the patient’s guests to visit and the rooms include modern day conveniences like shelves with electric outlets for guests to charge their electronic devices.

The new Parkland Burn Center will include 12 intensive care and 18 acute care beds; the current center is comprised of nine intensive care and 17 acute care beds, according to Lou Saksen, Senior Vice President of New Parkland Construction.

“Space for a large television screen is positioned on the wall in front of the patient’s bed,” Saksen said. “The space was designed and wired to accommodate the ever-changing technology for communicating with patients. A whiteboard will be positioned over the TV screen so nurses can write their names and other important information for their patients.”

The burn unit is equipped with special isolation rooms that allow use of negative air pressure to keep contaminants and pathogens from reaching other patients, staff and visitors. Each isolation room includes an ante room to provide a space for the caregivers and family members to wash up before and after entering the patient room. Including these rooms in the design of the new hospital is further proof of Parkland’s commitment to safe, quality care for all patients.
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Workers prepare foundation for new logistics building

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Construction workers are now drilling to build the foundation of a logistics building that will serve new Parkland. This 225,000 square-foot building will house many of the support services for the hospital. It will be the entry point for all hospital supplies and include a truck docking station.

It is designed to include a connecting tunnel system to new Parkland and it will improve on the overall traffic flow as seen in the current hospital, said Rob Nickerson, Senior Program Manager for New Parkland Construction.

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Ask us about the new Parkland

What do you want to know about the new Parkland? We want our move in 2015 to be as comfortable for you as possible, so we’ve created a space at http://bit.ly/18ACEDC where you can ask us questions directly about the new Parkland. We’ll answer you in the form of a Facebook post on our profile page!

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New Parkland leaders praised for supporting sustainability and patient care

Forbes magazine contributing writer Peter Kelly-Detwiler praises Parkland leaders for a “committed investment to integrated and detailed upfront planning.”

In the article, Walter Jones, Senior Vice President of Facilities, Planning and Development, explains how Parkland marries the environmental and institutional sustainability with the mission of supporting the patient.

“The very first thing we thought about was both environmental sustainability and, of course, sustainability of the institution to continue its mission of providing healthcare to the county.  We started with this premise in 2009.

We wanted sustainability in the design of the hospital to be something that is completely embedded in the overall design.  In many new projects sustainability is sometimes viewed as an add-on or plug in, and likewise something that could be selected to be removed from the project for various reasons,” Jones said. “We wanted clearly for this project not to have the ability for those components to be compromised because they would be so embedded in the overall design that if you took them out you would damage design and functionality.

We attempted to be pragmatic and reasonable in terms of systems and techniques we chose to use: not so much leading edge and not necessarily breaking new ground, but being smart by using systems in place and available which we could use to our benefit.”

To read more of the article, click here.


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