Demand for women’s and children’s healthcare in Abu Dhabi has continued to increase in recent years and the birth rate is expected to reach 19,000 by 2015. The proposed facility will allow Abu Dhabi to meet the needs of UAE nationals and expatriate residents until the year 2030.
Khader Kalbouneh, project manager for the facility, explained that “Jonathan Bailey has been sensitive to the cultural needs of this region during the design of the public and private clinical spaces, taking note of the rich architectural heritage found within the existing Medical Center.” The project will be built under the directive and supervision of Shaikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the General Authority for Health Service.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2006 and be completed in two years.
Components of the New Hospital
The new hospital, housed in a nine-story tower, will be part of the existing Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre and will be constructed adjacent to the emergency department, allowing the hospital to extend services already available to the region. The tower will have 150 Labor and Delivery beds, 100 beds for Gynecology services, 50 beds for Pediatric Intensive Care Units, as well as 20 luxury rooms and two royal suites. Level One incorporates an enclosed garden and water feature that serves as the parking level and the main entrance to patients that arrive by car. The pedestrian entrance and the main connection to the existing facility will be housed on Level Two. The remaining floors are dedicated to medical services. “For the typical patient room layout, we wanted to create an intimate home-like setting for the new mother and baby to begin a journey with their families,” explained Phyllis Infanzon, AIA, lead planner and designer at Jonathan Bailey.
The Jonathan Bailey firm has made its name championing the idea that caregivers, patients and visitors enjoy a superior experience when the medical environment goes beyond the bare bones of treatment. From a distance, the firm’s buildings tend to be contextually expressive and sculptural. Their interior public areas incorporate dramatic atriums with natural light, family- and child-oriented areas, including sculptures and art to create healing environments. Because the firm specializes in medical architecture and understands staff practices, its designs have been recognized for excellent functionality.
“We wanted to assist the Emirate by creating a medical facility that was at the cutting edge of pediatric, obstetric and gynecology services,” said Jonathan Bailey, FAIA.
Jonathan Bailey has significant international expertise in hospital design, leading numerous major projects including the design of Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, which will be the second largest hospital in the world dedicated to pediatric cancer care, with 400,000 square feet and 150 pediatric beds. The firm is also responsible for renovation, expansion and new construction projects at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children in Orlando, Fla.; Colorado Springs Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.; New Romford Hospital outside London in Romford, England; and other locations.
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