Magazine

Clinical Improvement


TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CLINICAL CARE CENTER

Houston

Client Texas Children's Hospital

Architect FKP Architects, Houston

Building Type Clinics for children

Vibrant atriums welcome young outpatients to Texas Children's Hospital

Photos by Hedrich Blessing

In 1995, the pediatric group at Texas Children's Hospital realized its new outpatient facility wasn't cutting it. While some clinics were clamoring for more space, exam-room utilization was a paltry 41% overall. Poorly planned space was to blame. A new building was planned to increase flexibility, offer a warmer welcome to apprehensive young patients, and enhance the institution's local image. Today, independent clinics share space on floors organized along the lines of a multi-use timeshare. The clinics are paired with a separate floor of offices that facilitates physicians' academic collaboration. Linking each pair: a two-story atrium dominated by a color-coded geometric shape that flags a play area for kids as well as the central patient check-in. Utilization rates are up, to 60%.


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