New Shands Hospital, a 'Healing Environment'
Shands Cancer Hospital has 12 high-tech operating rooms.
As clinicians focus on patients’ medical and physical condition, the building “creates a healing environment that helps us support their emotional well-being,” says Timothy Goldfarb, CEO of Shands HealthCare. “This is the hospital of tomorrow.”
The hospital relied on “intuitive design.” A Shands team constructed a prototype at a local warehouse, where nurses, doctors and other staffers “worked” and made changes to every detail of patient rooms and clinical settings until they hit upon an optimal design.
“There’s a lot of technology behind the scenes,” says Dr. John Wingard, director of UF’s bone marrow transplant program. The $388-million building has 12 high-tech operating rooms, a bone-marrow transplant unit, a stem-cell lab and a full-spectrum radiology department. A $2.5-million CT scanner called the Aqulion One can detect stroke and heart disease in minutes, replacing dozens of other tests that used to take hours or days.
The hospital “creates a healing environment,” says CEO Timothy Goldfarb.
The 500,000-sq.-ft., 192-room hospital is a fraction of what UF officials envision as a “south campus” in Gainesville devoted to research and patient care. The hospital takes up five acres on a 27-acre site south of the main campus, where officials eventually plan 1,200 beds in buildings that cluster medical specialties.