Zucker Hillside Hospital is recognized for its pioneering work in the diagnosis, treatment and research of mental illness. Their 223-bed aging facility was woefully out of date and needed to be replaced. An additional challenge was that this facility needed to house three distinct populations: adults, gero-psych and adolescent patients.
We designed all rooms to flex from private to semi-private, featuring a 19-bed patient unit comprised of three private and eight semi-private rooms. An innovative corridor system separates patients, staff and visitors into three distinct zones, increasing patient and staff safety, while decreasing the institutional feel of the building.
The spatial organization supports each patient’s clinical, emotional and physical needs and provides a safe and efficient facility allowing caregivers to deliver healthcare in a compassionate environment. Activity rooms and dining areas feature partial-height partitions and glass walls to provide visibility from the support zones and also allows natural light to flow through the central areas. Large scale, impactful art serves as a wayfinding device at key entry portals, complemented by soothing colors and materials.
O’Donnell & Naccarato
WSP Flack + Kurtz
This project was honored by receiving an honorable mention in the May/June 2013 issue of Behavioral Healthcare’s Design Showcase.