Hospital design with staff in mind
The 5 merit award winners of our 2022 Hospital Design Competition
Our 2022 Hospital Design Competition winners were recognized at the Fetch dvm360® Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in August. The honorees included 5 merit award winners: Animal Care Center of Downers Grove in Illinois; Animal Emergency & Referral Associates in West Caldwell, New Jersey; Cypress Fairhaven Animal Hospital in Texas; South Creek Animal Clinic in Spring, Texas; and Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
Here is a closer look at each of these merit award recipients:
Animal Care Center of Downers Grove
Animal Care Center of Downers Grove (ACCDG) is a full-service animal care center, meaning it includes full medical and advanced surgery features as well as boarding, grooming, and day care. “The design was intended to be modern and ultraprofessional. However, inside we wanted a warm feel throughout the front and back to make the hospital a place that was inviting for both the clients and employees,” said Tony Kremer, DVM, ACCDG partner, and owner of 10 other veterinary hospitals in Illinois and Ohio.
“The lobby design is my favorite element. The lobby opens to the second floor above, which makes the lobby look and feel expansive. We put an elevator and stairwell to the second floor, which give direct access and visibility to nonmedical areas like boarding, day care, grooming, and one of the adoption areas for our humane society,” Kremer said.
Animal Emergency & Referral Associates
Animal Emergency & Referral Associates (AERA) started out as a small, after-hours emergency clinic. The clinic later grew to be a 24/7 hospital, providing a wide range of services including emergency, anesthesiology, cardiology, critical care, dentistry and oral surgery, internal medicine, neurology, and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. They also offer MRI, CT diagnostic and radiology imaging, physical rehabilitation, radiation oncology, and an in-house blood donation program.
“The hospital design was inspired by the goal of creating a hospital that is conducive to practicing the highest level of medicine possible by creating an efficient and sensible flow between each area of the hospital,” said Skylar King, marketing manager for AERA.
“Involving staff with decisions along the way, from fluid pump choices to paint color, made this our new home and a place we love to come to,” she said.
Cypress Fairhaven Animal Hospital
Cypress Fairhaven Animal Hospital is a 17,000-sq ft animal hospital, with an entire second floor dedicated solely to cat care. The hospital has 10 doctors of veterinary medicine on staff who perform dental procedures and surgery 6 days a week. It offers regular, urgent, and emergency appointments and drop-offs in the sound-limiting canine bunkhouses.
Lauren McDevitt, practice manager of Cypress Fairhaven, told dvm360® about her favorite element of the hospital, stating, “As a high-capacity, fast-paced hospital, our most unique and favorite element is the 19 exam rooms; they render our lobby virtually unused, as we’re able to get appointments, including urgent care and emergencies, directly into an exam room and check out clients in the room, as well.
"We’ve implemented the use of a lot of technology to facilitate a productive workflow across our sprawling facility. Staff wear radios and have access to security camera feeds we call ‘the people finder.’ We even developed our own digital whiteboard app that integrates with our [personal information management system] and allows us to track the progress and efficiency of our patients and staff from any workstation or cell phone.”
South Creek Animal Clinic
South Creek Animal Clinic is a small animal practice that exclusively treats canines and felines and offers general medicine and surgery, including radiographs and laser therapy.
Thad Gloriod, DVM, owner of South Creek Animal Clinic, explained the exterior and interior designs of the clinic in an interview with dvm360®. “Our hospital exterior is a warehouse design with brick and steel. On the interior, we have a sort of coffeehouse vibe. We get compliments often on our artwork, and the most common comment we receive is that this doesn’t look like a veterinary hospital inside, which we take pride in,” he said.
“We have exposed steel in the lobby that is painted to accent it as well as a fire suppression pipe and valve, which is a neat aspect of the design to bring the warehouse feel indoors but softened. We made the lobby ceiling almost 16 ft high, which gives the lobby the feeling of being significantly roomier,” he said.
Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach
Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach contains high-quality digital radiography, in-hospital blood testing, and ultrasound for thorough body cavity evaluations. Amanda Thomas, DVM, is the mobile veterinary ultrasonographer, who provides extended ultrasound studies of the abdomen and heart whenever needed.
In addition to the medical services it provides, Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach has separate areas in the facility that provide clean boarding space for dogs and cats. This allows clients to have a stress-free vacation, knowing that the their pet is supervised by the veterinary staff.