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St. Francis Medical Center 6th FloorColorado Springs, Colorado

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Designed by RTA to accommodate orthopedic rehabilitation following joint replacement surgeries, the orthopedics floor on the 6th level of St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) focuses on an atmosphere of energy and resilience. It emphasizes goal-orientation and self-achievement for the fast and effective rehabilitation of its patients. The 21,100 square foot unit features 33 patient rooms, two of which are elaborate patient suites. These suites are family-oriented and have more amenities than the typical patient room. The amenities include an electric fireplace, a dining zone, a sleeping area, a nursing area, and additional storage.

The client’s objective for the design was to create a Joint Center of Excellence, which would satisfy the community’s need for local services, as well as reach out to a wider range of Colorado residents. The result was a unique facility with high-end finishes and furnishings, and the highest quality of care. RTA was able to fulfill the client’s objectives by initiating a series of highly collaborative user group meetings among the design team, hospital staff, nurses, and physicians. The finished product is a reflection of the team effort from the earliest concepts to the minute details implemented through staff input.

While the Ortho Gym is located physically and figuratively at the core of the unit, this is not the only place where rehab and personal achievement are gained. Integrated into the design is a rehab circuit. Alcoves were carved between individual rooms to create benchmarks of success. The alcoves are utilized as resting areas, resistance and strength training spots, and water stations. Each recess contributes to the unification of the entire facility and offers the patient a great sense of accomplishment.

Situated across from the Ortho Gym is the Family Room. Because family participation is highly encouraged for continuity of care and patient success, RTA created a space where family members can relax and get quiet time alone.

St. Francis Medical Center is honored as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and their Orthopedic Surgery is respected as one of America’s 100 Best.