How pandemic is changing the way new hospitals are designed

By Kyle Backer | AZ Big Media (Image by Mohamed Hassan )

It’s been more than a year since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic and the first related deaths were reported in the U.S. During the height of the pandemic, hospital systems were stressed as available beds ran dangerously low in cities across the country and health care workers grappled with treating patients and finding a way to control transmission of the highly contagious virus.

“The pandemic did something unique to the healthcare system — it pushed it to the max,” says Lee O’Connell, vice president of operations for McCarthy Building Companies Southwestern Region’s healthcare services group. “We’re able to look in the rearview mirror now and see it was the system and the people that pushed through.”

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