Penn Medicine News: With interrupted or limited sleep, a body might have trouble fully healing, which could lead to potential longer stays in a hospital, negative patient experiences, and poor health outcomes. 

“Every single design choice for the Pavilion was made with the patient in mind,” says Kathryn Gallagher, MS, BSN, who spent most of her 35 years at Penn Medicine as a surgical critical care nurse and nurse manager, before becoming a clinical liaison helping to plan the design and transition to the new building. “When it comes to the patient experience, we know that being able to get enough rest is incredibly important. Noise reduction, especially at night, and patient comfort are paramount in the Pavilion’s design.”

In addition to sourcing ideas from the PennFIRST design and construction management team — including the global healthcare design expertise of HDR — the Pavilion team spoke with Penn physicians, nurses, quality experts, and patients to try to make the patient spaces as comfortable as possible.

“We took feedback from simulations, design expertise, patients, and more to build around decreasing patient challenges, including sleep issues. It’s all about minimizing noise, increasing comfort, providing natural light, and a quiet environment to reduce disruptions, and promote sleep” Gallagher shares.