Holy Name Medical Center - Breast Center

Design Lead

Suzanne Brown

Architectural team

Michael Ferment

Project Overview

As the healthcare industry has refocused itself to concentrate on quality of care and patient satisfaction, creating environments that exemplify this focus is a priority. The main goal of the Breast Center was to reduce stress and anxiety and improve the overall patient experience.

The Breast Center at Holy Name Medical Center is approximately 11,000 square feet and houses 3D mammography, digital mammography, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided fine need aspiration, core needle biopsy, breast biopsy, stereotactic biopsy and bone density screening, and all required support spaces.

The design of the center provides separate sub-waiting areas for patients receiving annual screening visits and for patients receiving a specific diagnostic or biopic procedure. In addition to a longer procedure time, the latter group has the added stress of a potential cancer diagnosis. By providing separation of gowned/un-gowned patients and screening/diagnostic patients, throughput has increased and waiting and perceived waiting has decreased.

Research has shown that by incorporating the benefits of Biophilia (the innate connection between human beings and nature) into the built environment, we can reduce stress and anxiety, increase staff productivity, and increase recovery rates from illness while improving physical and mental well-being. The incorporation of luminous ceiling tiles mimicking the sky, full-length wall murals of natural images, and views to the outside are present in all of the treatment and waiting areas throughout the project.



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