Cayuga Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Unit

MariaHOLT News

Cayuga Medical Center’s newly renovated and expanded Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit showcases the positive impact of evidence-based design.

As healthcare architects, our goal is to help hospitals and providers achieve the best possible outcomes 
for patients, families, and staff. We can attain this by using evidence-based design and implementing specific elements that aid in the treatment of patients.

The nexus of the unit is a large and open reception and recreation space that is laden with windows to maximize views, increase natural daylight penetration, and connect patients to nature. These elements all aid in reducing stress, depression, and length of stay. Soothing yellow and green tones are used throughout the unit to assist in treating negativity, fatigue, and despair. Noise control measures are implemented to improve staff efficiency and satisfaction, reduce stress, and minimize medical errors. Carefully planned visibility patterns coupled with the most current and contemporary safety design strategies – including anti-ligature solutions – enhance safety for all.

HOLT Architects’ project team included: Paul A. Levesque II, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP; Kelly Maher; Sarah Hourihan.