After an original master planning effort completed by Altus for the UCHealth North region, UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) identified additional priorities they wished to address as they contemplated implementation of that plan. As the oldest hospital in the UCHealth system, this presented numerous challenges and opportunities to improve the 270-bed regional medical center in Fort Collins for the patients it serves.
The primary objectives were to provide better wayfinding inside and out, eliminate or significantly minimize public and patient cross-traffic within the hospital, and create a new striking entrance and image for Poudre Valley Hospital in keeping with the UCHealth brand. The Altus team worked with UCHealth stakeholders to arrive at an updated plan that addressed the added priorities and concerns that existed. A rework of the hospital’s front entrance was among the priorities that emerged while revising the original master plan for PVH.
A variety of options were discussed with UCHealth and renovation of the main entry will be completed as part of a large-scale, phased implementation to ensure minimal patient and staff disruption.
A heightened need to improve women’s services became evident at time of implementation planning. Altus worked with UCHealth stakeholders to arrive at a plan to relocate lesser used space in order to bring all women’s services into the same physical location within the hospital. An entirely new Birthing Center at PVH was prioritized for Phase I implementation. Among the issues to be resolved are:
- Visitor management /security
- Need for in-unit outpatient lactation services
- Patient rooms need updated and right-sized
- Shortage of space for support staff
- Distance of travel within unit