Guidon Design was the lead designer performing Architecture, Structural and Interior Design for the complete renovation of the existing inpatient mental health ward and the outpatient mental health program at the Nashville Campus of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. A full EDAC research study is being completed on this project to evaluate the impact of the design choices on patient outcomes and staff experience.
This project completely reconfigured the Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit, including patient rooms, patient toilets, family waiting, group rooms, dining, and other support space. The project includes 8 Inpatient Psychiatric beds and 8 Psychiatric Medical Unit beds. The Outpatient Mental Health space includes space for clinical, administrative and support space as well as programs for Substance Abuse, Homelessness, Compensated Work Treatment, Suicide Prevention, Social Work, Occupational Therapy and Psychology.
Numerous compliance issues, safety, security and privacy concerns were corrected in the design. The new space mitigates potential dangers for high-flight risk patients with high acuity issues and provides improved safety and security for both patients and staff. The project when completed corrects FCA issues and includes energy and sustainability upgrades.