HealthcareMalcom Randall VA Medical Center

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When the original medical center was completed in 1967, it was typical of its time. Patients (almost always male) shared four- or five-bed wards with a single bathroom. There was precious little privacy and even less room for family members to visit. The new tower is designed with single-bed rooms, each with its own bathroom. Throughout the design process, the patient was the primary focus with emphasis on providing patient comfort, privacy, safety, and control. Dedicated space for families and loved ones was also incorporated within the patient room as well as on the patient floors. A couch in an alcove becomes a pullout bed for family members. The interior environment reflects evidence-based design principles with same-handed, universal patient rooms to aid in reducing medical errors and improve efficiencies. Patient rooms are also acuity adaptable to minimize costly and time-consuming patient transfers. The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System has a strong and meaningful affiliation with the University of Florida College of Medicine. The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center is connected both physically and functionally to the University. Over 180 UF medical school residents, interns, and students are trained at the Gainesville VA Medical Center each year.

A national effort

As the Department of Veterans Affairs launches a major initiative to update its facilities nationwide, it will integrate many of the state-of-the-art operational efficiencies, materials handling and information technologies designed in this facility. Patient rooms designed to accept a broad range of acuity levels and flexible design to adapt to changes in technology are concepts that will be integrated into the design of healthcare facilities throughout the country. The new bed tower's prominent location at the front of the hospital provides a fresh image for the campus and resolves many wayfinding concerns.

Location: Gainesville, Florida


"Our veterans need to have the best in healthcare. The new patient tower, through state of the art hospital design, provides an enhanced patient experience. Dedicated physician service, the highest level of nursing care and modern pharmacology, our troops deserve nothing less."

 CedricDesigner at Flad Architects