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Bed Tower, Henry Ford Allegiance Health
Jackson, MI
Continuity of care.
Building a new model for care delivery.
Emphasizing the relationship between patient and caregiver
As part of Henry Ford Allegiance’s master plan, they wanted to provide more high-quality, single-occupancy inpatient rooms to deliver additional privacy to patients. To make strides toward this goal, HED first evaluated post-occupancy reviews from existing patient floors and determined best practices for the new rooms. Despite having to work within a set structural grid, the Henry Ford Allegiance addition would be all single bed rooms, and each would allow any level of care. The HED team built full-size mock-ups of the patient rooms and conducted review sessions with both the caregivers and patient advocates to test the space and provide feedback, generating real-time design adjustments to the model.

The result is a universal patient room model that merges acute care and ICU features into a single space, allowing patients with fluctuating needs to receive care in the same room—providing greater continuity of care and reducing strain on the patient, caregivers, and visitors.

This universal model goes beyond the acuity-adaptable patient room to create a floor plan that recognizes the relationship between nurse and patient. The bed tower features mobile devices for documentation, allowing for a hybrid nursing model incorporating both a central location for nursing collaboration and decentralized areas for shorter distances between caregiver and patient. Finally, the corner of each floor is dedicated to caregiver respite – providing “planning corners” and stressing the value of physician and care provider satisfaction.

This flexible, more collaborative model for care delivery is unique in central Michigan—it’s adoption by Henry Ford Allegiance is emblematic of the hospitals’ leadership in providing cutting-edge care to the region.
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HED has been a great partner on this project. Their team is ‘all in, all the time,’ bringing enough manpower to handle the tasks and the right people to answer questions and implement the work.”
George Gancsos
Director, Plant Engineering for Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital
Project Data
Bed Tower 2016-01096-000
Henry Ford Allegiance Health
Jackson, Michigan
PROJECT SCOPE
Addition
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
52,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$18.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Certification Equivalent
Project Team
  • David Jaeger
    AIA, LEED AP, EDAC
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Kshipra Rele
    RA, LEED AP, EDAC
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design
  • Matthew Bednarczyk
    RA
    Architecture + Design
  • Stephen Milz
    PE
    Associate Principal
    Electrical Engineering
  • Kirk Pesta
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Mechanical Engineering Leader
  • Lauren Roller
    PE
    Associate
    Structural Engineering
Building a new model for care delivery.
Bed Tower, Henry Ford Allegiance Health
Jackson, MI
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Continuity of care.