Dignity Outpatient Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit  |  San Juan, CA

Mercy San Juan Medical Center sought to address the growing number of behavioral health patients checking into the facility’s ED, which can cause overcrowding, understaffing, and as well as potentially dangerous situations.

For this project, Boulder Associates was hired to design a new crisis stabilization unit (CSU), Dignity Outpatient Behavioral Health, in a 3,200 s.f. modular building located outside the campus’ existing emergency department. The CSU will help patients in this situation by providing a space close to the hospital that offers counseling and psychiatric care.

The design intent for the project was to create a therapeutic patient experience. Our research pointed to several major goals to incorporate into the design of the facility: home-like environment; access to nature; sense of control; thoughtful lighting; minimized noise; privacy and dignity.

Read more about this project here.