"We kept the back of the hospital more sterile, which saved money in building and in upkeep. I say put your effort into the front structure and color schedules, and keep the back more clinical.”
—Dr. Robert Roy
A core concern:
The treatment area is the core of the hospital, where the main nurses’ station is located and staffed around the clock. All other departments of this specialty hospital—internal medicine, radiography, etc.—are accessible from this space. While comfortable, the treatment area and most back-of-hospital functions at Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists were built with efficiency of time, money and resources in mind.
A grand lecture hall seating 125, complete with recording and presentation equipment showcases Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists’ mission and commitment to care. Taking up 3,500 square feet, the lecture hall includes a foyer for networking, upholstered chairs with fold-up desk arms and dedicated restrooms. An observation mezzanine on the second floor acts as overflow space for presentations.
While cost per square foot is always a consideration when building a new facility, owner Robert Roy, DVM, says the theatre-style lecture hall dovetails perfectly with his hospital’s mission.
“As I reflected on my work as a resident at the University of Minnesota and at the Mayo Clinic, I realized that education is a big part of those institutions,” Roy says. “The presence of those hospitals tends to raise the level of medicine in the area. They show a great commitment to continuing education in general. My hope was to replicate to a small degree that aspect at my new hospital, making education a part of the hospital as a whole.”
Dedicating space to education not only shows the public and referring veterinarians Palm Beach’s commitment to education, but it demonstrates this to staff as well.
Obviously, not every practice has the space, money or need for a learning auditorium. Roy, having previously practiced in a 5,600-square-foot facility, understands that as well as anyone. But putting in a stand-out feature that shows your commitment to medicine and to the people who practice it is achievable for all, he says.
For example, Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists also has a conference room with a built-in partition that is used for meetings, bereavement session, learning lunches and intimate gatherings. “These spaces are a great extension to the public and a show of commitment to our staff,” says Roy. “Whatever the size of your practice, show your commitment in your way.”
Focus on design details
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