One of the strategic goals in building the new Palomar Medical Center was to build a facility that could easily adapt to future technologies and innovations, despite not knowing exactly what advances the future may bring. The advanced surgery and procedures department serves as an example of this forward-thinking philosophy. The structural steel truss system creates an obstruction-free floor area that will enable to space to be quickly and less-expensively changed in the future to create larger or smaller operating rooms as needed.
Research shows that natural light enhances the healing process. A pioneering design element funnels natural daylight into work areas despite being located deep within the interior of the building. Large windows in each operating room open to views of a two-story atrium and hallway bathed in natural light from massive skylights.
The new facility will be able to meet the demands of rapidly-evolving information technologies that improve efficiency and safety. It is fully wired with thousands of feet of cabling and fiber optics, and offers a secure wireless network that is accessible throughout the building. The robust system will support electronic medical record keeping and an array of wired and wireless technologies to provide connectivity to medical devices.