Banner Health McKee Medical Center Geriatric Behavioral Health  |  Loveland, Colorado

To meet the growing need for geriatric behavioral health services (ages 55 and over) in the region, Banner Health teamed with Diamond Healthcare to make use of an underutilized second-floor med/surg wing. The new space consists of a mix of 17 patient beds and its own medical staff to aid in the varied needs of care. The program is centered around group therapy sessions and is supplemented with two activity rooms, private consult spaces, and a dining space.

There are also specific design elements for the patient population including: wider corridors to allow for seating, handrails along the corridors, wider doors to accommodate mobility devices, and a 30x60 accessible shower in every patient room with grab bars.

Safety was also addressed in dealing with the second-floor location of the unit. This presents a challenge for the intake system and self-harm risk via the windows. To address this our team integrated a sally port corridor into the design and located both the nurse station and intake room as close as possible to limit interaction with other patients and maintain both patient and staff safety during this sequence. A deep windowsill was built out in order to integrate motorized blinds for patient privacy and environmental control. This motorized blind is set behind a secondary window constructed of polycarbonate rather than glass to mitigate breakage and patient risk.