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Banner Page Hospital Emergency Department Addition


Evidence-based design (EBD) advances research into the benefits of building and interior design on patient outcomes. With deep expertise in EBD, SmithGroupJJR saw opportunities for adopting the cultural heritage of the Page community, which includes the Navajo Nation, in conceiving this emergency care expansion.

The new emergency department entry faces east, where the Navajo believe life originates. Its geometry is adapted from the nautilus shell, a regional Native American symbol, creating an ED-in-the round. This novel layout pleases the community for its ties to spiritual beliefs; the hospital staff like the unobstructed views into treatment rooms. Ample brightness enters through windows, with protections from deep overhangs and vertical fins to reduce solar heat gain.

SmithGroupJJR overlaid the patient-centered Planetree principles to the design: Each private room has a designated space for the patient's family and ample room for caregivers. Beds face full-height windows with views of private outdoor gardens.

Six new treatment areas and two trauma bays now better serve the growing but rural region, and the thousands of tourists that visit Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon each year.

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