At tma-cha architects, we have been developing Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) for quite some time. As of today, we have completed 18 ASC’s and have three more “on the boards.”
ASC’s started popping up in 1998. They were such a new and novel project that the State of Texas did not have a full grasp of what was needed. All the State knew was they seemed to be a positive way of reducing healthcare costs while providing better and safer conditions for patients.
As ASC’s have evolved, more medical procedures have been added, allowing more surgeries to take place outside of a hospital setting. And with their evolution, they have also turned into extremely complex building types.
I have always enjoyed the process of designing these projects; working with the physician or physicians group to meet their goals – as well as maintaining the State’s requirements.
While ASC’s offer a more compact design than a hospital, patients’ can still feel overwhelmed when they enter. Alleviating that anxiety drives the exterior and interior design. We strive to make the building as warm and inviting as possible. We design the interior to be calming while efficient for the physicians and their staff. In essence, there is a true design direction we work to accomplish.
With 18 ASC’s under our belt, we have seen and managed just about every issue possible. If you or your physicians group is considering an ASC or a medical office, please feel free to reach out to us.