A Methodology for Conducting Space Utilization Studies within Department of Defense Medical Facilities
Final rept. Jul 1991-Jul 1992
WILLIAM BEAUMONT ARMY MEDICAL CENTER ELPASO TX
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The purpose of this study is to determine and validate an objectively based methodology for conducting space utilization studies for Department of Defense DOD medical facilities. This study develops a methodology for evaluating the use and distribution of existing space within DOD Medical Facilities. A computer-aided design CAD program is used to update the existing space program and floor plans. DOD Medical Space Planning Criteria and other statistical reports and documents are then applied to determine the amount of space authorized for each department or service within the medical facility. Actual space, as determined by the CAD update, can then be compared to authorized space in accordance with recognized governmental standards for medical space. This methodology is generalizable and applicable to other DOD medical facilities. New DOD funding policies coupled with a declining resource base will require improved space management activities within the DOD. Using this methodology as a management tool, medical treatment facility commanders will have access to objective and quantifiable information on which to base space management decisions. This methodology also affords commanders an opportunity to enhance productivity as a direct result of an improved space management plan.
- Medicine and Medical Research