Wood Can Heal!

Those of us lucky enough to see the 2010 Winter Olympic Games first hand were given an opportunity to see how BC’s wood timber can be incorporated into the design and display of many breath taking buildings and venues.

Wood Can Heal

How about the incorporation of the beauty and aesthetics of wood into patient healing?

Research into the psychological and sociological phenomena associated with old age and aging (gerontology) has demonstrated how the aesthetics of a healthcare facility can positively impact the healing outcomes of patients.  CEI Architect Michael Naught and Fraser Health Authority Executive Marco Buccini explained how the use of wood is essential to the new Surrey Memorial Critical Care Tower design in an interview with Naturally Wood:

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In the new tower, wood was used in the tower design to create a calm, caring and stress free environment in a time of crisis.  This a great example of how the improvement of healthcare is being examined by all kinds of different citizens, stakeholders, professionals and clinicians.

At Iridia we are always looking to partner with innovative approaches to healthcare delivery like the building of the new SMH Critical Care tower.  Our inventive approaches help our clients build a stress free problem solving process for their major projects.

Being part of the Critical Care Tower planning, we at Iridia are proud to be part of such an innovative and ground breaking centre for healthcare for the residents of the Fraser Valley.

JPOCSC – A New Kind of Care

How does the new state of the art Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC) differ from a traditional hospital? The key is in the title, the JPOCSC provides “outpatient care” only. Outpatient care describes any medical care that does not require an overnight stay in a hospital; for example visits to the doctor’s office, clinics and a day surgery centre are all considered outpatient care.

So why build the JPOCSC, isn’t it just a very large doctor’s office, why is this different?

The answer is that typical hospital stays are very expensive. Each room that is in use is very costly and takes up limited hospital resources. These rooms are often filled with individuals who need surgery, but many of these surgeries are procedures that do not require a hospital stay. In today’s age up to 65% of surgeries do not require an overnight hospital setting.

Outpatient care is a divide and conquer tactic that is meant to keep costs down, as well as free up rooms in traditional hospitals. 

JPOCSC The Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre has a vision of creating better health in the community by providing an integrated and seamless network of outpatient care services for residents of the Fraser Valley.

The facility embodies a new care delivery model by offering a one-stop approach to patient care, integrating both traditionally acute and community services and various clinical services.  Day surgery, diagnostics, specialty services and community health clinics will all be under one roof for the first time.

The JPOCSC is at the forefront of clinical service models, use of technology and green-space design.  As a state-of-the-art facility and the first of its kind in the Fraser Valley, the experience of working in the facility is new to all physicians and staff. 

Fortunately for us at Iridia, we have had the pleasure of working closely with Fraser Health on this project. Our president and founder has recently been appointed the Medical Coordinator of the JPOCSC. To read about about this appointment please see our post from earlier in the month: Leading the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre