Healthcare providers with a long term view are using DIRTT to rethink patient care spaces
The excerpt below is taken from an article titled "Health Systems' Road Map to Financial Opportunity" written by Jack O'Brien. It is featured in the July/August edition of HealthLeaders magazine.
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"Though many capital expenditures and building projects have been delayed or put on hold due to the ongoing outbreak, provider organizations will resume construction at some point and will want to follow the most cost-effective approach possible.
As with telehealth, provider organizations were reexamining the future of brick-and-mortar facilities prior to the pandemic. While organizations sought to continue the shift from inpatient care to outpatient care, most notably through a concerted expansion into urgent care sites, some hospitals sought to reimagine the way care was delivered inside the facility.
One way hospitals have altered the typical brick-and-mortar building process is by utilizing "DIRTT walls," an infrastructure similar to Lego® with moveable walls that can redesign a space easily with no need for demolition.
The basic business case for DIRTT, the Calgary, Alberta, Canada–based manufacturer, is that healthcare organizations can use the product to make renovations or expansions and still keep clinical operations up and running. Additionally, hospital leaders say that the product helps lower the labor expenses and ancillary costs for construction projects.
Tony LaCroix-Dalluhn, MSN, BSN, RN, is vice president of operations at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, a 686-staffed bed teaching and specialty hospital based in Minneapolis with more than $3.2 billion in total patient revenue.
In an interview with HealthLeaders, LaCroix-Dalluhn details how the Allina Health–affiliated organization utilized DIRTT walls as part of its construction of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation's Center for Excellence in Neurological Care...."
DIRTT is a building process powered by technology. We use our proprietary 3D software to help design, manufacture and install fully-customized interior environments. This same software provides clients with certainty around cost, schedule and the final outcome. With modular components and a streamlined construction process, complete interior spaces are constructed faster, cleaner and more sustainably. The Company works with over 70 partners throughout North America. DIRTT trades on Nasdaq under the symbol “DRTT” and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DRT”.