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St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital

Houston, TX

St Luke’s is building a new $326 million Patient Care Center and Surgical Wing expansion, incorporating the latest evidence-based, safety-based, and “patient-centric” design concepts. The objective is to provide an optimal environment for patient healing, caregiver efficiency, education, and break-through research.


The project, which will be completed in 2010, includes 14 total levels, 778,000 square feet of new construction, and 120,000 square feet of ancillary and support space renovations. The original hospital building will be demolished and the base building’s structural foundation system will accommodate the 14 stories of construction, providing 432 additional private rooms, in two seven-story phases when needed.


The building’s primary goal is to provide expanded bed capacity with 190 new private rooms, 10 new Operating Rooms that are sized for the latest specialty procedures, a Day Surgery suite, a Surgical Observation unit and associated surgical support space. In addition, the Patient Care Center will provide expansion space for the Center for Spirituality and Health, Imaging, Food Service, Central Sterile Processing, Perioperative Services, Materials Management, Pharmacy and Lab.


Each pod of 12 patient rooms will encircle a quiet work area where care teams will be able to maintain sight lines to patients. The Patient Care Center will be designed to support the latest wireless technologies and address key staff inefficiencies with a “staff zone” in each room. Patient rooms are designed to be acuity adaptable for maximum flexibility in the future. These private and spacious rooms will also provide enough space for various students, residents and fellows to accompany the healthcare team during their rounds. The “family zone” provides comfortable accommodations and amenities, encouraging family members to participate in the healing process.


The architectural firm for the project is RTKL and Associates.




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