In an effort to consolidate and expand their existing operations, Baptist Health asked RS&H to assist them in developing a plan to increase the volume of samples processed through automation. The overall plan consisted of approximately 8,000 square feet and was required to maintain continual service to patient needs, while phasing remodeled spaces with new lines of automated equipment. The plan was aligned with construction schedules and divided into three individual phases requiring AHCA review and approval.
RS&H led the design team including in-house architectural and laboratory planning and consultants for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering.
The planning processes included one-on-one work sessions with the user group and owner representatives. Each phase of design was reviewed and confirmed aligning with the project goals established at the beginning of the project.
The program included sample receipt, cold storage, ambient storage, core lab, microbiology, urinalysis, chemistry and hematology. The automated equipment utilized Beckman Coulter and Stago Diagnostics; and included automated, sample processors, integrated clinical chemistry and immunology, coagulation analyzer, antibiotic susceptibility analyzer, mass spec, and urinalysis.