The purpose of any medical facility is to serve patients’ needs. To do this, it is necessary for the facility’s design to support the functions and operations of the organization it houses. If your space needs improvements, creating and implementing a Master Facility Plan (MFP) can help you bring your space back up to par in terms of operational efficiency, but it can also be a daunting process. It may be tempting to simplify the process as much as possible by simply designing a building, but it is important not to miss the opportunity to take advantage of making operational improvements through facility planning.
While you have probably considered that you will need some architectural assistance for the construction and/or remodeling pieces, have you thought about who can assist you in determining what the priorities should be for your space? Where are your pain points and breakdowns in your systems, and how can you remedy them through your Master Facility Plan? A partner can help you answer these questions.
Why Hire a Partner?
When tackling a large project like Master Facility Planning, most healthcare organizations choose to employ the assistance of a third party, typically in the form of an unbiased consulting firm. These firms can assist with the following:
- Determining which analyses are necessary for the project
- Selecting the project steering committee
- Providing insights based on industry knowledge and experience gained from working with similar hospitals and projects
- Planning and data analysis
- Implementation of key action plans as defined in the MFP
What to Look for in a Partner
Just having a partner may not be enough. While hiring a partner will likely provide you with new insights and information regarding the project, it is important to make sure they have the proper experience and will be a good fit for your facility. Look for the following attributes when choosing your partner:
- Clinical and operational experience across many facility types
- Understanding what works (and what doesn’t)
- Collaborative nature
- Expertise in data analysis and benchmarking
- Flexibility to assist in the areas in which you feel you need assistance
- Expertise in efficient design and optimal workflow
- Access to a variety of individuals with the requisite knowledge and expertise to provide valuable and insightful comments and recommendations who can also join the team and assist, if needed
Are you thinking about beginning a Master Facility Planning project for your hospital or healthcare system? For more details about the planning and implementation steps of the MFP process, download Soyring’s free white paper How to Lay the Proper Foundation for Master Facility Planning, which is a guide to the operations, analysis, and partnerships you will need for the successful planning and implementation of your next MFP.
If you would like the assistance of a third party with your upcoming Master Facilities Plan, Soyring Consulting can help. We specialize in many areas of Strategy and Facility Planning, including master planning, strategic planning, and facility design and development.