For Dr. Lori Reisig, being a veterinarian is about making a connection with the people who love their animals. This relatively new graduate wanted her start-up practice to evoke a feeling of the past.
“I think clients miss the family veterinary practice feel, where they can build a long-term relationship with their vet,” says Dr. Reisig, owner of Littleton West Animal Hospital in Littleton, Colo. “I want them to know they can always see me when they come in.”
That welcoming feel is at the heart of Dr. Reisig’s 2,289-square-foot, solo doctor practice. The 2014 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition judges praised the hospital for an efficient floor plan and flow, an attractive waiting room and a warm color scheme.
Eight years as a certified veterinary technician, veterinary school, then three years as a relief veterinarian gave Dr. Reisig an opportunity to shop design details. Comfortable seating, a cats-only exam room, a comfort room and inviting interiors topped her list.
As she was establishing a new veterinary hospital, Dr. Reisig wanted to dive right into the paperless concept. And because she didn’t need the space for paper file storage, Dr. Reisig had more room for reception functions.
“I didn’t want to start out with old technology when I could go digital from the beginning,” she says. “I wanted to provide updated options for my clients and my patients, in a place that feels as close to home as possible.”
The time is now! Hospital design is one of the best times to plan for paperless practice and other technology solutions.
Photography credit: Mark Peterson, Mark Peterson Photography