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Heart and Vascular Institute, UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA
Heart and Vascular Institute, UPMC
In a heartbeat.
Creating a contemporary model of comprehensive care.
One step at a time.
One of the world’s premier centers for comprehensive cardiovascular care, Pittsburgh’s UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute (UPMC HVI) develops revolutionary new treatment models and medical devices that can improve—and save—the lives of people facing complex heart and vascular conditions.

We partnered with UPMC HVI to plan and develop two key additions that would create needed connections between the existing facility’s public and private spaces and support the larger goal of right-sizing three critical zones: interventional, holding, and office. The design strategies not only assure appropriate space for each zone, but also provide a more welcoming, comforting experience for patients, improve organization and operational performance, and increase efficiency, actually reducing the number of steps doctors and clinicians take during each shift to optimize speed and increase the time spent with each patient.

The completed additions support UPMC HVI in their goal of creating a contemporary model of comprehensive cardiovascular care, and help to advance the lives of heart and vascular patients in Pittsburgh and around the world—one step at a time.
Results
The planning and development included two additions, infilling a roof, and creating necessary connection necessary between public and private spaces.
Both additions support the larger goals of right-sizing three functional zones: interventional, holding, and office.
An appropriately-sized, amenity-rich waiting area provides a more welcoming, comforting experience for patients and families.
More efficient design flow for doctors and clinicians decreasing total number of steps per shift, optimizing energy and time with patients.
An interventional zone organizes services around a central hub to streamline traffic and increase efficiency.
A nearby holding zone divides patients into basic prep, recovery and observation, with flexibility to merge as needed.
Creating a contemporary model of comprehensive care.
Heart and Vascular Institute, UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA
In a heartbeat.
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