For more than 50 years, we provided excellent care for our patients at a 34-bed hospital in Paulding County, Ga., 25 miles outside Atlanta, but the facility was not designed for today's technology.
On April 1, we opened a new 56-bed, $115 million WellStar Paulding Hospital. Since then, our inpatient census is at near capacity every day; the emergency department volume is at our five-year projection level; and patients from other areas are requesting WellStar Paulding.
So what did we do right?
One phrase—evidence-based design.
Joining the Center for Health Design's Pebble Project, which aims to increase the body of knowledge in healthcare design, proved to be a crucial step in shaping our plans. Through our affiliation with the project, we visited 30 hospitals across the country over three years and were able to see firsthand what was working and what wasn't.