New Stamford Hospital

, Stamford Hospital

Stamford, CT

building lobby
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patient family room
staff lounge
patient room
surgical theater

Using the patient-centric philosophy of the Planetree model as the basis for design, we partnered with clinicians and administrators to balance high tech and high touch, never losing sight of the client's goals to personalize, humanize, and demystify healthcare. The new facility includes the most progressive technology possible, as well as indoor and outdoor yoga sites, green-rooftop terraces for caregivers, and quiet spaces for respite, therapeutic touch and sound therapy. The Hospital made it a priority to collaborate closely with the City of Stamford and neighboring communities to inform the planning and design of a new campus that will enhance the community.

Building Facts

  • 647,000 GSF
  • 10 ORs
  • 24-bed ICU
  • 180 private rooms
  • Planetree design
  • LEED Healthcare Certified
  • Environmental graphic design

Planetree Proud

Planetree is an approach to healthcare that puts people first; it’s person-centered care. But what does that mean in terms of design? Learn how Stamford Hospital uses Planetree Principles to connect patients, caregivers, families, and the community to create a holistic healthcare experience.

New Design, Increased Care

After one year, the new design of Stamford Hospital has enabled the hospital staff to care for an increasing number of emergency department patients.

49,626 2016 Emergency Department Visitors
53,527 2017 Emergency Department Visitors
3,901 New Patients to the Emergency Department

Happier, healthier patients aren’t the only positives of following the Planetree philosophy. More

Not Only More Visitors, Less Wait Times

Arrival to Bed Time Decreased More than Half

47 minutes

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Old Hospital
(FY 2016)

21 minutes

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New Hospital
(FY 2017)

Patients Receive Care 2x Faster

41 minutes

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Old Hospital
(FY 2016)

19 minutes

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New Hospital
(FY 2017)

Largest LEED Healthcare Project in USA

32 % Water Reduction

Using low-flow plumbing fixtures in public restrooms and patient rooms, the project team was able to realize a reduction in water use of 31%. Submeters were installed for larger water use processes. Medical equipment is either closed-loop systems or minimizes use of water for cooling, via dry vacuum pumps, air-cooled compressors and digital x-ray equipment.

12.50 % Energy Reduction

All energy systems were commissioned. The increased efficiency of the new central planet, LED lighting, and high-performance building envelope resulted in an overall energy reduction of 12.49%. Refrigerants for the building and equipment were chose to eliminate ozone depleting compounds. Renewable Energy Certificates were purchased to help offset the project's global warming impact.

86 % Waste Diverted

The building maximizes future flexibility with shell space, modular casework such as head walls and nursing stations, and future parking garage possibilities. The construction team was able to divert 86% of construction waste from landfills.

59 % Sustainable Materials

50% of building materials were sustainably sourced. Additionally, a focus was put on reducing-0 mercury, lead, cadmium and copper. 52% of the furniture and medical furnishings met the strict LEED criteria or were certified by GreenGuard.

With the Stamford Hospital campus having structures that date back 100 years, the system recognized the need for a larger hospital. Originally registered under LEED-NC, the project's registration was changed to the newly-released LEED for Healthcare in 2013 to better reflect the occupant's needs. The project is the largest LEED for Healthcare project in the USA at the time of its certification and the first LEED for Healthcare project in Connecticut.

New Model for Healing

The new Stamford Hospital is the boldest healthcare initiative in Fairfield County's history. Stamford's new building is more than a state-of-the-art facility: it symbolizes their philosophy of patient- and family-centered care. Healing begins as soon as you arrive at the hospital. This is Healing Reimagined, as told by the Stamford leadership team.

The Planetree philosophy filters all design decisions through three focused lenses – Empowerment, Dignity and Compassion. Embracing this human-centered approach helps hospitals reimagine the healing experience and negotiate the challenges of the rapidly changing healthcare arena. More