Cancer Centers   /  Nebraska Medicine, Oncology-Hematology Special Care Unit

Altus architects and interior designers were retained by The Nebraska Medical Center to design an oncology hematology special care unit. The existing facility had challenging floor-to-floor heights, structural impediments, and stringent infection control standards. Once the plan difficulties were overcome the focus shifted to creating a healing environment for patients and a supportive setting for families and staff on a fast-track deadline.

* Core efficiency was enhanced by aligning work flows to support staff and patient needs
* Small patient rooms were improved to include ADA requirements and to utilize the space more efficiently
* Rooms now incorporate the staff hand-wash sink, patient wardrobe, display shelves, and refrigerator
* Back-to-back headwalls make efficient use of space by sharing the wall cavity for medical gases
* Nurse stations offer openness to promote patient and family interaction
* Off-stage rooms allow the needed separation for some tasks
* On-unit family room complements the main family waiting that includes lounge space, nourishment counter, child and adult computer desks, and family shower room
* Other support spaces include a pediatric play room, pharmacy, clean and soiled rooms, and med rooms and equipment rooms
* Deep cherry wood tones connect grass resin panels, branch-patterned wallcovering and leaf-patterned carpet into a nature-inspired palette
* Accent colors of blue, aqua, and thistle are alternated on floors as an identifying element

Client:
Nebraska Medicine

Location:

Omaha, Nebraska

Team:
Loren Lamprecht
Michael Levin
Jessica Doolittle

26,000sf
$6m

24 Protective Environment Patient Rooms
Cancer Center
Protective Environment Pediatric Play Room
Two Family rooms