Metrohealth Transformation

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:56.
Metrohealth Transformation
( categories: )

Metrohealth article censored

I am being trolled by someone who posted to the Steven Litt Metrohealth article - the troll's  comments (assuming it is guy) and a very thoughtful response by someone who apparently works in the hospital have just been removed (at 4:25 a.m.). The person with experience working in a hospital (I have also worked in a hospital) noted the architectural review of the Parkland hospital that "inspires" the most recent Metrohealth design


 @LauraMcShaneCLE - you’re a librarian. What do you know about a hospital design and construction project? Walter Jones has built some of the best hospital projects in the country.

  • 5 hours ago
Reply to @Bryn78: 

The picture you posted is of the Parkland Hospital where Mr. Jones was the Senior VP of Facilities Development, overseeing the 11 year development of their new hospital. 

You can see a review of the Parkland Hospital here: 

There are similar design features in both hospitals as there is a cantilever structure present, long walks, and lots of glass. If you want a preview of the new hospital, look at Parkland. 

While it's nice to talk about how a hospital looks, I am more interested in how it works. Does the new hospital make it easier or harder for a patient to get the care they need? Does it help the staff do their job or make it harder? Will the design save money to make care affordable, or will MetroHealth have to continue those high facility fees? Those questions were not answered by the presentation, though some of the design features suggest difficulties to come... 

If you look at picture 10 of the interior design of the new hospital, you will see the west-facing entryway doors and the southeast facing doors on the other side. When both of these doorways are open, the wind thru that area should be amazing to behold and a problem for cleaning staff. The west-facing entryway will be hit hard by winds and snow coming from the west. 

Another is how patients get transferred from the 3rd and 4th floors of the Critical Care wing to regular rooms (or the other way) in the new hospital as there are no connecting structures between the two buildings. 

There is more I could offer. Instead, I ask,"With what you see offered, how do you see it working?"


  • LauraMcShaneCLE
Reply to @Somethoughts: thank you - I worked at Metrohealth as a PFT and then as a data manager for a lung health study. The towers at Metrohealth were designed to prevent the forgotten,and neglected end-of-the-ward patient. Long corridors do not make a good service model for hospitals. There are issues w/the design most recently presented that pose very real concerns regarding the delivery of services that include landing a helicopter. 

I may be a woman with an opinion (god forbid) - but I have lived and worked here for over twenty years and I know the population served by Metrohealth. I am attaching the early drawings for the campus. It was a promising start that has really devolved. This most recent design as a "hospital within a park" campus fails to take into consideration solar heating, snow, wind gusts, power needs, hazardous materials generated by hospitals/disposal and w/respect to wildlife - introducing more groundhogs, skunks, raccoons, geese, raptors and deer (there is a resident herd at nearby Riverside Cemetery). I had to use the Internet archive to retrieve this earlier image of a campus design that made more sens






Check back often as we update our gallery with more exciting possibilities for the future of MetroHealth and our community.
















The vision for MetroHealth is about creating a campus that connects with the surrounding
communities and neighborhoods, creating a place where people live, work, play and heal.
Dr. Akram Boutros (President and CEO) addresses the crowd at the 1st Annual Stakeholders Meeting on May 9, 2014.