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Healthcare Building Design and the Patient Experience

Healthcare facilities have the colossal task of caring for people when they are ill or injured and need help. In the past decades, hospitals and other healthcare facilities were designed very simply with not much thought. However, recently, studies have shown that what surrounds a patient can aid in their recovery. Neenan Archistruction® has developed a unique approach to healthcare facility construction, one that involves the customer in every aspect of the building process. Below, we’ll take a look at how healthcare building design can impact the patient experience. Contact us today!

Ease of Navigating the Healthcare Facility

Entering a hospital or large healthcare facility can be overwhelming for someone who has never been there before. Odds are, there are multiple floors with many wings and staircases that seem to go nowhere. Healthcare building design needs to consider the patient from the moment they walk into the door to their final destination in the facility.

A Sense of Cleanliness Immediately Upon Entry

Cleanliness has always been a priority for hospitals and healthcare facilities. However, there are many ways healthcare architects can contribute to healthcare cleanliness. Painting their walls a light color makes patients perceive a cleaner facility. Incorporating antimicrobial coatings on countertops helps with the spread of bacteria. And, implementing infection control lighting can help, too.

Creating Spaces Designed for Patient Privacy

Patients want to feel a sense of privacy as much as possible while in the hospital or a healthcare facility. After all, they probably feel very vulnerable being poked and prodded. Acoustic measures can be taken to muffle and/or eliminate sound in the healthcare construction process by using better insulation and thicker walling. Hospital rooms can be designed to be more intimate and smaller, as well as the use of frosted glass to afford privacy.

Comfort and Care Should Take Priority in Hospital Design

Patients want to know they are receiving the best of care, and they want to be comfortable. Healthcare architects can incorporate comfort in hospital rooms with spacious rooms, lots of color, pictures on the wall, natural lighting, and plant lift. Having your technology be front and center and in comfortable spaces can help patients feel valued, too.


Our healthcare architectural firm takes healthcare design and construction to the next level. We spend a lot of time in pre-construction, getting to know you, your goals, and your mission so we can design a healthcare facility that will meet all the needs of a patient, including their physical, mental, and emotional health. We work with you every step of the way, always keeping costs in mind in our healthcare design and construction process. To get started, contact us today!