Going to the doctor may evoke memories of dimly lit rooms with little or no outside light, cold and sterile environments that are the opposite of inviting, and an outdated décor. A movement has begun recently to transform the aesthetic of the medical building from dungeon to modern and appealing. According to Health Care Design Magazine, this shift is in large part the result of private physicians joining group practices that have set out to set them apart from their competition and create a space that can be enjoyed rather than dreaded. It is worth noting that this can be seen more with specialty practices, but some forward thinking primary care offices are following suit as well. Creating an environment that is relaxing for a building that is usually filled with anxious people is a great way to change the healthcare fields stereotype.
Creating Spaces Unique to Your Visit
Traditional medical buildings are built with three spaces in mind: the waiting room, the exam room, and the doctor’s offices. The small exam rooms became the catchall room for any patient; however, many patients do not require an exam and are there for a consultation only. This has spurred the trend of creating unique consultation spaces that look less intimidating than an exam room, and more homey and comfortable. PJ Glasco of the Children’s Hospital in Colorado stated it perfectly: “The idea was to shift from the exam table to the coffee table.” Many practices are even going as far as to separate the exam area and the consultation area completely, with separate entrances. If you are going in just to talk with the doctor, it makes sense that sitting on a couch would be more comfortable than sitting on an exam table.
Physician Offices and Larger Exam Rooms
The main concern for doctors is their patients, and the comfort of their patients takes top priority. This is true from a business standpoint, as well as an altruistic concern. With that in mind, many practices are condensing the amount of space allocated to individual physicians. Traditional buildings might see each doctor receiving their own office, but more modern designs have implemented reducing this space to allow more room for exam and consultation rooms. The comfort of the patients is of a higher priority to most doctors than displaying their diplomas and certificates. Even having slightly larger exam rooms and consultation areas may set you apart from other healthcare providers, and patients notice that. To find the best office space in Culver City to locate your practice, contact Boulevard Medical Properties today!
Implementing Technology to Free Up Space
Another way to create extra space for your patients is to utilize modern technology such as cloud based systems and tablets to eliminate chart rooms. Just as the physician offices being reduced to create larger exam rooms, eliminating a whole extra chart room gives you more valuable square footage to devote to patients.
First impressions are extremely important, and creating an open and warm environment for your patients can make or break their experience. Many medical practices are implementing the same architectural design that hotel lobbies use. Having an open floor plan for your waiting room with the check in desk as the first thing you see upon entering will create a sense of hospitality and comfort. Including a lot of windows allows for natural light to flood into your space compared to harsh fluorescent lights. Subtle changes to your décor can go a long way as well. Having a small fountain with water noise is soothing, modern furniture makes your office feel new, carpet and drapes will make it feel like home, and consider using something such as essential oils to create a scent that is relaxing rather than sterile.
The market is saturated with healthcare professionals, so it is important to set yourself apart during a patient’s first impression of you. Find the perfect office space in Culver City that gives your patients a great experience by contacting Boulevard Medical Properties; you can talk to our staff by clicking here.