Emergency Department  at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital

Emergency Department at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital


The ED Experience

We design with intent, and we understand that every hospital has different needs.

“A Day in the Life” Simulation

At Montefiore Medical Center’s Weiler Hospital, PDS lead several design simulations for the emergency department expansion project. Each simulation included roughly a dozen end-users and clinical disciplines gathered around a table-sized printout of the proposed plan. PDS worked with the ED administration to audit the departments worst day from the previous year and this information was organized in a chronological 36-hour period. Using pre-printed patient case cards, the clinical advisory team ran the simulation for a high-speed 36-hour version of this day. 

Often referred to as “a day in the life,” this simulation allows the design team to ask questions and more clearly identify the specific needs for each of the various processes in the E.D. This iterative design process resulted in a highly successful planning process that incorporated innovative solutions to a complex inner-city Emergency Department. 

In order to understand each hospital’s challenges, PDS analyzes the latest metrics relevant to the function of the Emergency Department. Our ongoing contact with the healthcare architectural industry ensures up-to-date methods and information resources for our client’s needs.

Next, design goals are created with the clients in order to meet the needs. Goals include, but are not limited to:

  • increase bed counts

  • efficient circulation

  • state of the art technology

After identifying the goals, we approach design strategies that help achieve each goal.

  • Design strategies 1

  • Design strategies 2

  • Design strategies 3

Rendering of Nyack ED  currently being constructed in Nyack, New York

Rendering of Nyack ED currently being constructed in Nyack, New York

ED Simulations  allow Nurses, Doctors, and CEO’s to converse freely

ED Simulations allow Nurses, Doctors, and CEO’s to converse freely