Creating Safe Patient Environments Through Facility Design
Did You Know?
Bradley Hospital's state-of-the-art inpatient building, opened in 2009
as the centerpiece of a campus-wide modernization project, was selected
for a Building of America award as one
of New England's most innovative design projects of the year.
At Lifespan's affiliated hospitals, each facility is designed to help to
ensure patient safety and promote healing.
Lifespan's hospitals are unique in that the maintenance and
modernization of all facilities is supervised and conducted by an
in-house department of licensed professional designers, architects,
mechanical, electrical, fire protection engineers and project managers.
At present, 22 highly trained staff experts work together as a team on
These staff experts are charged with ensuring that all Lifespan's
hospital facilities are designed and engineered properly from the
initial design phase through to the finished constructed project.
Throughout each step of the construction process, the team focuses on a
common element: creating safe patient environments.
Improving each of the hospitals' facilities is ongoing throughout the
year. Recent projects have included:
The Jane Brown building on the campus of Rhode Island Hospital
has undergone major renovations. In 2009, the central heating,
ventilating and air conditioning units of Jane Brown were
upgraded and modernized.
A concurrent project in 2009 at Jane Brown was the renovation
and modernization of four floors of an inpatient unit.
Construction was accomplished one floor at a time and with
occupied functioning floors above and below the on-going
renovations. The project was completed in February 2010.
Sixteen months after breaking ground, Bradley Hospital opened a
44,000-square foot addition in April 2009, significantly
increasing patient, visitor and research space at the hospital.
The new two-story inpatient addition features sixty private
rooms relocated from semi-private rooms in the hospital's
78-year-old main Laufer Building. The rooms feature tamper-proof
fixtures and provide patients with increased privacy, while
enabling staff to closely monitor and respond to patients. The
design also allows the hospital to be more flexible when
The Bridge Building on the campus of Rhode Island Hospital,
which opened in November 2008, provides three new inpatient
floors comprising state-of-the-art technology and spacious
patient rooms. The fifth floor of the expansion provides
thirty-four beds, with ten dedicated to coronary care and six
others available to be converted as needed. The sixth and
seventh floors contain thirty-eight spacious inpatient rooms.
All patient rooms on all three floors of the Bridge Building are
equipped with ergonomic lifts to help staff to safely assist
patients. By using evidence-based design concepts (the
recognition that physical environments affect our well-being),
the rooms are designed to enable the staff to better treat
patients with consistency and efficiency, thus helping to
Patients are welcome to submit
questions or concerns relating to patient safety upgrades at any
of Lifespan's facilities. Regular updates will be published on this