Overview

HealthEast, Bethesda Hospital

Brain Injury Services

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Overview

The Brain Injury Center improves healthcare delivery while providing necessary security for traumatic brain-injury patients in a homelike interior environment. Common spaces recall the family living room, where recovering patients and their families can gather. A stone hearth, textured natural-slate wainscoting, wood-grain wall protectors, seating nooks, large-screen television built into a slate-and-wood surround, and fabric-wrapped panels with nature imagery emphasize a homier environment for patients, who often may stay six months or longer. The fabric panels, along with high noise reduction coefficient ceiling tiles, has the added benefit of buffering harsh sounds, while the rough-surface slate is forgiving to chips and scratches from heavy use.