2015 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design People's Choice Award winner: Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital

2015 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design People's Choice Award winner: Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital

The people have chosen! Check out all the details of this Connecticut conversion veterinary practice.
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Apr 17, 2015
By dvm360.com staff

Online voters picked Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital in Berlin, Connecticut, as the 2015 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition People’s Choice Award winner. And location is the thing for this champion. The 2,048-square-foot conversion project is located in a commercial plaza just off the intersection of two high-traffic throughways for commuters, making it easily accessible for clients to see and find the hospital.

The People’s Choice award is chosen by voters on dvm360.com from the entire slate of Hospital Design Competition entrants. Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital owner Christine Puskaric, DVM, wrote in her entry that two major factors drove the design process: People consider their pets members of their family, and most pets are unhappy in the veterinary hospital environment. The philosophy behind the design was to present an environment that conveyed comfort and compassion. This was accomplished with:

> Warm and relaxing hues in the paint scheme and countertop colors

> Separate exam rooms for cats, small dogs and large dogs or multi-pet appointments. The hospital’s largest exam table folds into the wall to allow enough space for family members to gather for end-of-life procedures without being crowded.

> A 10-gallon fish tank to entertain feline patients in the cat-only exam room.

> A treatment area with easy access to isolation, surgery, radiology, the dog ward, the staff break room and the doctor’s office for monitoring and treatment of patients.   

Compassionate Care was built on a strict budget, but with careful planning there was room to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic and monitoring devices, something that Dr. Puskaric felt was essential to providing outstanding care. Dr. Puskaric also focused on design choices that support workflow. These features include:

> Grommets built into cabinet doors and countertops to allow for wires to be hidden and easy disposal of garbage and sharps

> Exhaust fans for odor control in every exam room.

> Full-panel glass on the isolation ward to monitor patients without entering the room. A separate drain-and-hose system in isolation keeps contamination contained.

> A surgery prep area and cage banks with ceiling-mounted curtain tracks and pendant IV poles as well as ceiling-mounted drop-down oxygen lines.

Here’s what voters had to say about Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital:

“Dr. Puskaric's hospital is new, clean and efficient. I’ve followed her practice for years. This is a top-notch use of space, and she's a fantastic doctor.”

“Very pet friendly—great look.”

“I like the colors this hospital used. They are warm and welcoming. Not sterile.”

“Has a welcoming, calming atmosphere.”

“Truly lives up to its name!”

Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital, Berlin, Connecticut
Owner: Dr. Christine Puskaric
Doctors: 1
Exam rooms: 3
Cost/sq. ft.: $113.17
Total cost: $436,000
Building cost: $231,774 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 2,048
Structure type: Leasehold conversion building


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Click through the pages below to see the rest of this year's entries.

Full list of entrants:
Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists
Chicago Veterinary Cancer and Rehabilitation Center
Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital
Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital
Country Club Veterinary Clinic
Dunwoody Animal Medical Center
Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center
Animal Emergency Center
Town Center Animal Clinic
Atwater Veterinary Clinic
Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital and Luxury Pet Resort
Hunterdon Hills Animal Hospital
Flint River Animal Hospital and Bed 'N Biscuit
East Lake Veterinary Center
Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center

Atwater Veterinary Center, Atwater, California
Owners: Drs. Charles M. Copeland; Carolyn L. Chiffelle; Paul Elliott Cook; Nicole Maria Ekblom
Doctors: 7
Exam rooms: 4
Cost/sq. ft.: $308
Total cost: $2,438,853
Building cost: $1,436,300 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 5,496
Structure type: Freestanding new building


Click floor plan to enlarge.

Full list of entrants:
Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists
Chicago Veterinary Cancer and Rehabilitation Center
Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital
Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital
Country Club Veterinary Clinic
Dunwoody Animal Medical Center
Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center
Animal Emergency Center
Town Center Animal Clinic
Atwater Veterinary Clinic
Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital and Luxury Pet Resort
Hunterdon Hills Animal Hospital
Flint River Animal Hospital and Bed 'N Biscuit
East Lake Veterinary Center
Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center

Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center, Denver, Colorado
Owner: Dr. Carola Stevenson
Doctors: 2
Exam rooms: 4
Cost/sq. ft.: $54.55
Total cost: $1,575,219
Building cost: $458,223 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 8,400
Structure type: Freestanding conversion building

Full list of entrants:
Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists
Chicago Veterinary Cancer and Rehabilitation Center
Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital
Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital
Country Club Veterinary Clinic
Dunwoody Animal Medical Center
Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center
Animal Emergency Center
Town Center Animal Clinic
Atwater Veterinary Clinic
Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital and Luxury Pet Resort
Hunterdon Hills Animal Hospital
Flint River Animal Hospital and Bed 'N Biscuit
East Lake Veterinary Center
Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center