Specimen Processing to move this weekend

July 23, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Have you ever run into the grocery store to quickly pick up a frequently-purchased item, gone straight to the aisle, reached out to grab it…and it wasn’t there? The store had rearranged its shelves overnight and suddenly, you had no idea where to find it. 

Don’t worry — you’re getting a heads up about this one.

As part of a large Pathology Relocation and Renovation (PRR) Project, Specimen Processing is moving on Saturday, July 24. The front window where specimens are dropped off will move around the corner to a convenient location just across from the staff and patient elevators on Floor 2 of University Hospital. Wayfinding signs will be posted to help guide you to the proper destination, so you don’t have to “wander the aisles” to find it.

Patient specimens that are collected from patients across Michigan Medicine will have a new home adjacent to a redesigned core laboratory housing a state-of-the-art high-throughput automated hematology and chemistry automation lines.

Lean facility design mock-ups make use of cardboard and full-size replicas to ensure space design is both efficient and ergonomically-appropriate to the proposed use.

The space renovation planning began in 2014 as part of Michigan Medicine’s first full-scale Lean Facility Design project incorporating nearly 186,000 sq. feet at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) and University Hospital (UH). 

The NCRC portion was completed in 2018 and the University Hospital renovations have been underway since 2019, with a pause during the pandemic’s shutdown. Altogether, 44,000 sq ft of pathology space within UH are being renovated to allow for service expansion and to streamline workflows to provide the best patient care possible. 

The entire project is expected to be completed by 2023.

Lean Facility Design incorporates feedback from faculty and staff — including front-line workers — and maps existing workflows and ideal future state workflows. Together, the team determines the most efficient space layout to accomplish the ideal future state workflow in a multi-step process that includes cardboard mock-ups and simulated work to be sure designs take human needs into consideration.

The end result is a clean, efficient space designed to improve workers’ experience as they carry out their daily tasks.