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University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)

Facility design can be a powerful lever to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care when aligned with the right workflow patterns. Forward-thinking healthcare organizations are combining workflow optimization, simulation modelling, and facility design to transform care delivery. 

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston opened their new state of the art facility ? the Jennie Sealy Hospital in April 2016. The inpatient units were a key design focus. Their spacious private rooms have a spa-like feel and the open layout of the nursing areas promotes a team-based, patient-centred approach to care ? one that is likely to make the new hospital one of the leading inpatient care resources in Texas. 

In anticipation of this move, UTMB engaged GE Healthcare to assess the efficiency of current care processes in its medical inpatient units, analyse how the more open design of the new hospital would impact those processes, and test a range of nursing delivery scenarios to find the optimal model for the new space.

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