As we get older, the milestones we reach become less celebrated. Becoming a teenager, an adult and turning 21 are all exciting birthdays. By the time we turn 50, nearly everyone will be asked by their doctor, “Have we scheduled your colonoscopy yet?” According to the Centers for Disease Control, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer found in both men and women and this new rite of passage is an important preventative measure in reducing the number of cancers found and the number of people who die from the disease. As the number of procedures needed increases so does the need to increase capacities at endoscopy centers.
When a regional hospital in Massachusetts had the opportunity to relocate and expand its Endoscopy department, Margulies Perruzzi was excited to tackle the challenges presented by several emerging design trends in these clinics. In addition to accommodating the increase in volumes, the solutions led to better access for patients, greatly improved patient comfort and privacy, staff efficiency and reduced patient wait times.