More than 100 staff members from Nursing, Operations, Infection Control, Environmental Services and other departments toured the rooms. Every aspect was scrutinized — from color palette, to light fixtures and even the location of electrical outlets — to ensure the optimal experience for patients, staff and visitors.
“Being directly involved was a priority for our team because we were able to give insight about the patient experience and what families and visitors really appreciate,” said Richard Reed, R.N., UF Health Shands Hospital Neuro ICU Unit 82 nurse manager. “We were very thoughtful in looking at features like patient and visitor flow and how staff will move in and out of rooms.”
Over time, the rooms slowly transformed as the team incorporated feedback and changed elements. The flooring is sturdy enough to endure the constant scuffle of shoes and to bear the weight of heavy, life-saving equipment, yet it looks like material found in a new home. The décor is soothing but can be easily cleaned. The couch can transform into a comfortable bed for family members.
Warring said, “So many people from different fields and unique backgrounds saw these rooms. We all came together to develop the best layout and solutions to enhance patient and family-centered care.”