Perhaps nowhere are movable wall systems as ubiquitous as they are in the healthcare industry. Hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, dentist’s offices and more rely heavily on the flexibility provided them by movable walls. One of the hallmarks of the industry is the ability of medical professionals to respond quickly and effectively to unexpected situations. This mindset of responsiveness and adaptability must also be built into the environment in which they operate.
Creating Responsive Healthcare Environments
Modular wall systems know no bounds when it comes to their ability to carve effective, secure space out of the most difficult or inconvenient structural environments.
- Waiting Areas – Waiting areas in today’s hospitals need to adjust as various departments expand and others contract. At the same time they need to remain clearly defined, quiet, clean and convenient for patients. Old-fashioned architectural paradigms typically required weeks of noisy, disruptive construction in order to make even modest adjustments. By contrast today’s modular walls can be quickly, quietly and conveniently reshaped overnight.
- Examination Rooms – Examination rooms need to be technologically receptive in ways few other spaces ever will. Different specialists will require different diagnostic machinery and many types of machinery are being constantly upgraded. The examination space must be able to easily accommodate all manner of medical technology without missing a beat. Movable wall systems are technically accommodating in ways drywall could never be.
- Emergency Rooms – Big city emergency rooms are hives of life and death activity. Patients and their loved ones must have safe and secure areas to wait while doctors must have an adequate number of flexible, technologically enabled spaces to handle emergencies. In the event of natural or manmade disaster emergency rooms must be able to adapt on the fly. Few other components are more crucial to their ability to do so than movable wall systems.
- Laboratories – Laboratories are in many respects the beating heart of medical science. Labs today require more environmental control, more flexibility and – since many scientists today spend more time in the lab then they do at home – more comfort and even privacy than ever before. Modular wall systems provide all those things in a budget friendly way that is never overwhelmed by technological advances.
With the aging of the American population the ability of the healthcare industry to keep pace with growing and shifting health-related priorities will be essential and movable wall systems from I-M-T will be there to facilitate productive adaptation to the new realities.