Digital Hospital Planning
Increased performance with the same usable area
The University of Munich Hospital is one of the largest maximum-care hospitals in Germany and is currently undergoing a phase of restructuring. Over the next few years, some medical services are planned to be moved from the city center to the Grosshadern district. This also affects the “Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital” children’s hospital, which is to move with its 240 beds and 500 employees. In the planned children’s hospital, named the “New Hauner”, the 20 departments of perinatal, paediatric and adolescent medicine which are currently still spread across multiple clinics will be united in a single location, ensuring shorter routes and improved interdisciplinary collaboration.
“UNITY enabled us to achieve clear functional optimization of processes between a wide variety of paediatric disciplines, from accident and emergency to intensive care, surgery and wards, as well as obstetrics and neonatology. The widely varied special consultation hours and an integrated socio-paediatric center could in particular be optimized from a functionally structural perspective, enabling more efficient patient, process and employee oriented detailed construction planning. The early involvement of many employees in the planning design was extremely valuable.”
Prof. Dr. Karl-Walter Jauch
Chairman of the Board
UNITY’s task was to optimize future corporate organizational planning including the spatial and functional program, as well as to create the basis for an architectural competition. To this end, simulations were used to identify the space required by the interdisciplinary fields of elective outpatients, accident and emergency, OR, delivery rooms and nursing wards, as well as their optimum arrangement in relation to each other. Specific tasks included:
- Running workshops to define target processes and logistics for the new hospital
- Optimizing department configuration through a Sankey analysis of transport relationships
- Simulations to quantify and optimize the following departments: OR, childbirth, accident and emergency, elective outpatients and nursing wards
- Creating documentation to prepare the architectural competition
The project significantly increased the building’s capability whilst leaving the usable space almost unchanged. The process and organizational optimizations which were agreed upon in the user discussions enabled a reduction in planned outpatient areas and a corresponding expansion of bed capacity in order to ensure efficient management of the planned patient numbers. In addition, analysis of transport relationships enabled an optimization of the department configuration, allowing the hospital to make use of spatial and functional synergies. The optimum capability of these areas was confirmed by the simulation.