MEDICAL ARCHITECTURE is a firm that specializes in
programming, master planning and design of healthcare facilities.
MA assists medical institutions, architects and other
organizations that require our expertise. It is a privilege
to share with you our knowledge not only to make ourselves
better known but also to convey to you our work methodology
as well. In the following lines we will attempt to describe
the planning process involved in reorganizing and expanding
existing buildings and designing completely new healthcare
many times have you asked yourself?
can assist us with our plans to remodel
and expand our infrastructure to accommodate it
to the fast paced change in
today's healthcare environment?
are the factors affecting such
infrastructure to provide appropriate
care to patients accord
is the most expeditious method
to conduct the planning process based on
complexity of our hospital?
can be determined the required
and number of spaces?
consultant can we approach
to get a superb design
compromising the functionality or
character of our institution?
there an organized way to keep under
control the equipment
inventory exactly as was specified in the project?
are the resources and where is it possible
to obtain information
programming, planning and design?
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has more than 20 years of experience in medical planning.
More than 200 successful projects guarantee our capability
important factor of our professional competence is the determination
to stay well informed and updated to the technical answers
to the fast-paced advancement of medicine. Master Planning
(MP) is the ideal tool to determine accurately the
necessary direction and steps that complex institutions like
hospitals must take to resolve their infrastructure needs.
To work properly, MP requires the active participation
of user groups, management, and consultants.
the complexity that characterizes this type of study, the
work is often postponed for a long time therefore aggravating
the situation, frustrating the staff, and in some cases worrying
the patients and their families. The longer the solution is
deferred, the more acute the magnitude of the conflict becomes,
sometimes compromising the safety of procedures and care delivery.
common causes of this delay are the size of the problem and
its associated cost. The identification of skilled and experienced
consultants assumes a vital role within the first steps of
facing the task. We believe that we are one of those firms.
Modalities of Medical Care
selection of a good medical planning and consulting firm must
consider its capacity to solve highly complex projects as
well as its knowledge of modern healthcare practice, its impact
on the infrastructure and the equipment within its walls.
is a great variety of medical care philosophies which originate
in different parts of the world. Although the concept of good
health is relatively universal, its delivery assumes local
characteristics particular to the project's region. We strive
to listen carefully to patients, medical staff and administrative
representatives to identify the social, cultural, religious
and regional aspects that uniquely distinguish the proposed
important not to loose sight of the required sensibility to
the physical and spiritual needs of the patients and their
families as well as the medical staff. While it is important
to understand the value of design and its importance in inducing
a prompt and effective patient recovery, it is vital to ensure
that the functional efficiency of the project will not be
compromised only by aesthetics.
we hear about a poor or deficient design, one of the most
common causes is a failure during the programming phase that
precedes the design. Very often only one or two rushing work
sessions with the user groups are devoted to determine the
project needs before starting the drawings.
the most common deficiencies are: the consultant inability
to listen carefully, the design of a refined version that
replicates the existing defects, or the excessive condescension
on the part of the consultant to please an intransigent staff
member. Ultimately, a defective program leads to the construction
of structures no better than those it intends to replace.
On the other hand, a well documented and correctly elaborated
program is conducive to a superb design that not only provides
an appropriate building but that also makes it flexible and
adaptable to future needs.
method allows us to keep all resolutions under control and
in orderly fashion as they were discussed during the planning
and design process. Various factors that stand out during
this process are the healthcare modalities, the number and
classification of participating staff, the levels of asepsis
and infection control, the characteristics and number of procedures,
and the handling and distribution of equipment, materials,
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the description of functions and services is completed MA
prepares a space program. All rooms and most appropriate grossing
allowances are detailed for all departments.
of our interactive and unmatched programs allows us to calculate
quickly and accurately any type of health facility. In every
case, the number of spaces is determined based on the statistical
and procedural workload. The program's interactivity permits
easy adjustment of the figures at any time during the project
phases encouraging constant evaluation and adjustment.
After the completion of the project, MA files the program
of your institution for future revisions. This attribute is
extremely valuable to our clients due to the simple update
process available at any time of the hospital life.
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of Medical Facilities
talk about design. Even though numbers are important, once
the figures are analyzed, corrected and accepted we initiate
the creative phase of designing buildings that not only must
function well but have to be attractive, efficient, and humane.
A place where patients could experience a prompt and full
recovery. A large list of research studies confirm the role
of the environment over patients. Hospitals have the duty
to facilitate the recovery process toward good health and
architects have an opportunity to contribute to this reality.
It is during this phase where MA shows its professional
capabilities. The challenge is not the construction of just an
efficient hospital. The challenge is to design it to be functional
The analysis of the characteristics that identify every institution
determine the success of the project from the very beginning.
The particularities of a specific region, its human values
and the local practice of medicine must be recognized from
the start to warrant the most appropriate solution
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specialization of contemporary medicine compel us to keep
a constant learning pace. Our files comprise a full range
of diagnostic and treatment standard rooms that are constantly
updated according to each specialty. Our library also contains
standards developed by other organizations. All spaces illustrate
the location of the movable and fixed equipment in plan walls
and ceiling including cabinetry, sinks, electrical and medical
standards are utilized as reference material to develop a
model that will respond to your project requirements. An equipment
list complements the room plates indicating the equipment
pieces and all its connections.
this phase is completed our involvement with the project continues
by providing support the local architect in charge of preparing
the construction documents to warrant that all decisions and
project premises become implemented.
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which is at your service contains more than 4,000 entries
with new items being added on a regular basis. Its contents
include both articles and books which are exclusively devoted
to medical planning, programming and design. Since all entries
are organized in a data base it is easy to conduct queries
and locate any material according to the specified subject.
We also extend our in-depth search to medical libraries in
local universities when required by our Clients and for specific
provides seminars at your place. Please contact us to
organize instructive presentations on space programming and
medical planning. We have several formats available for your
convenience using our fully computerized programs. During
these classes all project phases and planning techniques are
described, space programming is demonstrated in great detail
with actual proprietary tools, and the sessions are illustrated
with floor plans of hospital departments, typical medical
spaces, and other graphical media. This didactic material
which serves the purpose of Staff orientation before the project
starts is also offered to hospitals, healthcare organizations,
universities, and communities interested in learning what
is involved in the medical architecture process.
that you have a good understanding of our services and the
role of our future participation as members of your project's
team. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish additional
information on MA, or on hospital spaces, utilization
statistics, hospital planning and programming methods, or
to discuss your projects with us.
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