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New Clinic With New Design Elements

December 30, 2013, 6:18 PM by Casey Wonnenberg


You may not pay a lot of attention to the layout at your doctor's office.  But a design at a new clinic in Sioux Falls aims to improve patient care and privacy.

"Each of the exam rooms are numbered, but there is also a picture here," Sanford Clinic Director Mary Jo Matzen said.

Mary Jo Matzen shows visitors around the new Sanford Clinic at 69th Street and Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls.  The first thing you'll notice when you walk in the door is that the waiting room looks like something you'd find in a hotel.

"The colors in the clinic are very soft and soothing for the children. It's not bright and sterile-looking, so it's much more relaxing for them, and they are not afraid to come into the clinic," Sanford Pediatrician Dr. Candice Nelson said.

Then when you head to an exam room, you'll not only be told the number of the room, but also an animal. That way if you're not good at remembering numbers, hopefully, you'll be able to recall the animal your room is named after.

"I think the flow of the patients will be very advantageous as far as getting to lab and X-ray," Sanford Dr. David Ellerbusch said.

Every exam room also has a board to keep kids entertained as they wait for the doctor.

"It's so much easier for the kids if it's a friendly place, and they can get distracted by things, and they are not constantly looking at medical stuff," Nelson said.

Something else that's in each exam room--a stadiometer.

{"Stadiometer, which measures your height and weight, in the rooms versus standing in the hallway," Matzen said.

That way you get your height and weight measured in the privacy of your exam room.

You also won't see doctors and nurses in the hallways because they'll have a workstation in the middle of the clinic and will enter your room through separate doors.

"The patients will come in one hallway, so there will be more privacy for the patients. There will be less congestion for them up and down their hallways, and the work area for the nurses and doctors will be sitting side by side throughout the day. We won't be wandering two different parts of the clinic looking for each other," Nelson said.

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