01 Nov Kaiser Fresno Medical Center Focuses on the Importance of Behavioral Health with a Campus expansion
Adult Behavioral Health Expansion, Kaiser Fresno Medical Center
The Adult Behavioral Health Expansion provides much-needed access to services in the underserved Fresno Service Area. This 5,500 SF renovation project will increase the capacity by 33%, going from 16 provider offices for a new total of 48, as the demand for care continues to grow.
Just as patients’ goals are varied and services evolve over time, the built environment must be flexible to support the full continuum of care. Private consultations take place in the generously-sized provider offices. Support groups and classes meet in customizable classrooms with operable partitions and flexible seating arrangements for a variety of group sizes. The program also includes one Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) procedure room, acoustically separated from the rest of the clinic to minimize sound transmission.’
Acoustic privacy, access to daylight and views, adjustable light levels, individual window treatment controls and a soothing material palette, were incorporated throughout the design, to ensure confidentiality while enhancing patient comfort and reducing stress levels. Security measures, such as clear lines of sight between staff and public areas, electronic card readers, cameras, panic buttons and other technologies, were carefully considered as well.
The Adult Behavioral Health Expansion is the second in a series of Kaiser-Ratcliff projects at this particular location. Previous work at this three-story medical office building included the Sleep Lab relocation, and future planned improvements include re-skinning the building for increased energy efficiency and a refreshed appearance for a total of 20,000 sf.