Changing the patient experience for MRI scan patients at the Cedar City Hospital

Last year, JRCA Architects with Intermountain Healthcare, created a new MRI room at the Cedar City Hospital. This project has a unique patient experience design. The design of the room was an innovative design concept called "Care suite” to enhance and personalize the MRI experience for the patient. "Many patients are nervous when they are told an MRI has been scheduled; some of that has to do with stories they have heard from friends or neighbors telling them how frightening the scan can be," said Scott Wood, physician liaison for Cedar City Hospital.

 "The colors are part of the “Care suite” package. The colors can change per the patient. The MRI also utilizes “Goggles” provided by Care suite to create a customized patient experience" says Danny Fuchs, Principal Architect with JRCA Architects.

"The colors are part of the “Care suite” package. The colors can change per the patient. The MRI also utilizes “Goggles” provided by Care suite to create a customized patient experience" says Danny Fuchs, Principal Architect with JRCA Architects.

Utilizing the effects of color, music, and visuals on the human experience, GE Healthcare in collaboration with PDC have created an experience unlike any other for a patient when they are the most scared. "...a customizable MR environment to make the patient experience more pleasant. Instead of seeing a typical bare-walled room with a scanner inside, patients are handed an iPad, so they can set up a personalized theme for the room," explained Medgadget.

The addition of the MRI machine is exceptionally beneficial for the physicians and patients when diagnosing diseases, but also, the “care suite” will help the patients when they have apprehension going into an MRI scanner. Overall, this will improve imaging outcomes when the scan is complete. The "care suite" is another example of an innovative design that helps the human experience and shows when architects and technology work together, humans, can improve outcomes for patients at their most vulnerable.

Cedar City Hospital Care Suite