This conversion of an existing med/surge unit at Kaiser Fremont Medical Center into the health care giant's first Acute Medical Psychiatric Unit involves the partial renovation of an existing hospital wing and a modest building addition. The pilot project is designed to provide secure, in-patient care for behavioral health patients with greater medical needs than can be accommodated at a typical outpatient unit. Located adjacent to the emergency department and imaging to minimize travel distance from both areas -- and at the furthest point from the main hospital entry to minimize potential disruption to hospital functions -- the partial renovation of an existing wing and modest building addition meets strict regulations for psychiatric care in an acute setting.
The program includes 18 patient beds and associated staff areas, a meditation room, observation room, exam and consultation rooms, dining, recreation and group activity spaces, an enclosed outdoor landscaped garden, and a new dedicated public entry to the unit. Careful planning and design measures ensure separation of staff service and patient care areas, controlled access points, and visual access to patients, patient rooms, activity spaces and entries. Meticulous attention to finishes, furnishings, fixtures and equipment prioritize safety and security for all. The flexible, light-filled great room supports human connection and visual and physical access to the landscaped courtyard. Biophilic elements, finishes and furniture support well-being and create a warm, residential atmosphere.