A new palliative care suite integrates family, dignity, and clinical care.
In response to an increasing need for inpatient palliative care programs in traditional acute care hospitals, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center (PHCMC) sought to create a space that empowers end-of-life patients, directly engages loved ones as caregivers, and provides ready access to hospital resources and specialists.
The vision for this project was a state-of-the-art palliative care suite that seamlessly integrates technical clinical care, comfort, human dignity and family engagement in a peaceful setting.
Off-site palliative suites are difficult to replicate in an inpatient setting. The primary challenge is the creation of a home-like environment in a hospital context. To resolve this challenge, our team carefully considered every element of the future space. We began by identifying a location with ample natural light and pleasing views in a quiet area of the hospital. Next, we thoughtfully selected each fixture, finish and feature to support the unit’s welcoming, comfortable and dignified ambiance.
Working in close collaboration with Providence Holy Cross, HED’s design team transformed a traditional, semi-private acute patient room into a spacious, positive environment. The resulting 240 square foot Comfort Care Suite seamlessly integrates space for the patient, family members, visitors and caregivers, and provides a dignified, soothing environment in which to celebrate the life of a loved one.