Setting up a medical office is not a one-time activity. Once your practice starts growing, it’s time to carry out medical office improvements to provide your patients with a better experience. It’s up to you to decide what kind of improvements you wish to see in your medical office—do you only need cosmetic changes like updating carpentry or changing the tiles, or significant improvements such as upgrading the plumbing, tearing down walls, or installing new drywall?
No matter the scale of improvements, at Robert Hakes Construction, we take care of all aspects of remodeling your medical office so you can have a stress-free project. Our wealth of experience helps us to carry out remodeling projects quickly and efficiently while modernizing your medical office just how you want it. Here are five benefits of hiring a contractor to carry out these improvements:
The staff at your medical office can’t perform to their fullest potential if they have to fight for space constantly. In fact, studies show that employees tend to be more productive and efficient when there are open spaces in the office. A well-thought-out layout in your medical office can also improve communication between the employees and the patients.
Often, the staff at medical clinics spend an extraordinary amount of time giving directions to visitors or navigating through narrow office space. Moreover, patients don’t appreciate it if they have to walk from one end of the clinic to another for an exam. It can also be incredibly frustrating for doctors to retrace their steps completely to examine new patients. These bottlenecks can be easily streamlined through improvements to office design.
Better Patient Care
Whether your clinic receives a dozen patients or a hundred patients every day, providing the best care to your patients is paramount. When a patient visits the medical office, it’s your duty to make them feel comfortable, and one way to do it is by ensuring there is adequate space.
Getting a professional contractor to carry out remodeling in your clinic can help create adequately sized exam rooms. This can also help you to place essential medical equipment without causing any inconvenience to your patients. Depending on the space available, the contractor may include smaller examination rooms in the medical office design. These rooms are ideal for those patients who can be quickly diagnosed and released. Having separate exam rooms for such patients can help maintain good patient traffic flow in your medical office.
Superior Patient Experience
The reception area is the first port of call for your patients as they enter the clinic. As we all know, first impressions matter. Cramped reception areas can be an instant turn-off for the patients. Many will be concerned about an increased likelihood of contracting an infection. Moreover, you don’t want patients to stand outside or wait in their cars due to the lack of a spacious reception area.
That’s why hiring a contractor to redesign the waiting area can be extremely beneficial. The contractor will take into account features like traffic flow, placement of furniture and reception desks, lighting, and overall look, making the waiting area more hospitable and inviting.
Remember that patients who are visiting your clinic are already experiencing discomfort and pain. By providing them a cozy environment and a carefully designed medical office, you can ensure a less stressful visit and a better experience for them.
Appropriate spacing can ensure the privacy of both patients and staff members. For example, having patients sit too close to the check-in counter can compromise patient privacy and violate HIPAA privacy rules, especially when patients need to provide complete medical histories and vital information such as birth dates and addresses. A seasoned contractor can build a dedicated patient registration area where visitors can experience better privacy, away from other people in the waiting room and patients in exam rooms and corridors.
Healthcare workers at a medical clinic are often stretched thin due to the demanding hours that they put in. Having a contractor design the medical office can ensure that there’s space in the clinic where doctors and other staff members can enjoy privacy, unwind, and recharge themselves.
The layout of different rooms of a medical clinic is exceptionally vital. For instance, you don’t want a bathroom placed next to examination rooms. Similarly, you need to make sure that examination rooms aren’t located too close to doctors’ offices and are adequately soundproofed. You want patients to feel secure and safe from outside interruptions and privacy invasion while they’re in examination rooms.
A contractor can assess the clinic’s overall layout and decide the placement of various rooms that creates a cohesive and functional design. For better sound management, the contractor can make sure that the walls are framed with separation and adequate insulation that noise is properly absorbed. Each of these issues can completely alter the way your medical office looks and feels.
Redesigning your medical office is a way to take your practice to newer heights and provide a quality experience for all. However, when it comes to making medical office improvements, not everyone delivers as expected. It’s imperative to choose the right contractor for the job—the final outcome of the update will depend on the contractor to a great extent. That’s why there’s no substitute for a professional contractor that’s experienced and trustworthy.
The experienced team of professionals at Robert Hakes Construction has more than 27 years in the construction industry and comes with a wealth of knowledge about carrying out improvements to medical offices. We make sure to understand your requirements and needs, work within your budget, and deliver results on schedule so that you’re truly impressed by what we do.
If your medical office is situated in the Portland area and requires a facelift, we’d love to talk to you about your project. Contact us today—nothing makes us happier than satisfied customers.