In 2011, Dickinson Architects provided interior renovation services for Doctors Hospital’s Emergency Department. As a private for-profit hospital, Doctors Hospital is continually aware of trends in healthcare and how those trends not only impact the patient experience, but also the bottom line. With the hospital boasting lower than average ER wait times, the goal of this renovation was to update finishes, increase room counts, and improve efficiency of staff spaces all while maintaining their short wait times. The existing waiting room was determined to be too large based on conversations with nurses and physicians. As a result, the size of the existing waiting room was reduced allowing expansion into an adjacent suite to create five overnight observation rooms. The new observation rooms were required in order to accommodate a 23 hour stay by a patient. As such, the finishes were selected with an inpatient room in mind. Warm wood tones for the flooring and casework along with flexible lighting levels culminated to achieve this type of ambiance.