Changes made during pandemic influence hospital design

Changes made during pandemic influence hospital design

From the Idaho Business Review

As we emerge from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, one sentiment persists: We’re entering a “new normal” that will lead to changes in our daily lives, including the design and development of hospitals and medical facilities.

In the wake of the pandemic, developers are rethinking the future of building design, especially for patient care and communal spaces. While those responsible for the design and layout of hospitals were likely some of the most prepared for the onslaught of a highly infectious disease, it doesn’t mean the pandemic didn’t affect operations at area hospitals.

Early in the pandemic, like hospitals across the nation, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls had to turn away visitors and reduce access to various parts of the building. It’s something that’s already led to new policies, according to Brett Hanson, the director of facilities management.