There are several reasons why you should consider installing hospital awnings and canopies:
- Hospital awnings give your facilities a big boost in curb appeal, conveying warmth and caring.
- They reinforce your hospital’s visual branding, by incorporating your official colors and graphic elements.
- They give your facilities a more unified, consistent look. You have multiple parking areas, multiple entrances and perhaps even multiple buildings on your campus, and hospital awnings visually tie everything together. If you have satellite facilities, using identical awnings further supports consistent branding.
- Hospital awnings augment your traditional signage, making your hospital and entrances easier for people to find, even when they’re distracted. That extra visibility marks your location for future reference, too, so when someone needs your help they know exactly where to go.
- Canopy installation around your facilities provides protection from the elements, all year round.
- Hospital awnings can also help improve your customer service, which is important to improve since government funds from Medicare or Medicaid can be withheld due to poor customer service ratings.
Bottom line benefits.
Adding hospital awnings can also give your profitability a healthy shot in the arm, by substantially improving your chances of receiving maximum Medicare reimbursements. Canopy installation demonstrates caring and concern for your patients, visitors and staff by improving their experience both aesthetically and physically.
Whether your hospital is independent or part of a large network, budgets are tight. Every reimbursement dollar you can capture enables you to expand your services (further improving patient experience) or enhance your bottom line. This is the kind of smart investment administrators and financial chiefs can truly appreciate.
If you’re responsible for adding hospital awnings, where do you start?
How do you know where awnings or canopies will maximum benefit for your hospital as well as your constituents? To confidently find the answers, you simply need to team up with a commercial awning company that has solid experience working with hospitals.
They know what you need. They are experienced working with hospital architects, engineers, etc. They understand your decision-making and approval process may be cumbersome because there are a number of people involved, and they can help facilitate and streamline the process for you. They know your timeline matters as much as your budget.
You not only get expert liaison and communication to ensure everyone stays in the loop, you will get technical help such as a full set of shop drawings and permitting assistance. And you’ll get knowledgeable advice about where to use hospital awnings. You can consider:
- Awnings for emergency entrances — reliable shelter for ambulances and people from wind, rain, snow and hot sun.
- Canopies to cover walkways — alongside the exterior of your buildings, extending out to your parking areas and public transit shelters and from one building to another. Inter-building canopy installation can also serve as valuable additional way of finding signage, helping visitors get to the right department for treatment or to visit.
- Hospital awnings that protect pedestrian entrances. Create a large portico for your main entrance or shelter secondary entrances from the rain and snow.
When weather is particularly inclement, you can add walls to hospital awnings, creating an exterior vestibule where people can shake out umbrellas and stamp snow off their boots. Adding walls to the canopy installation at your emergency entrance means you can use outdoor heaters to help ward off chill when it’s especially cold. Paramedics and your ER staff will appreciate that, and you’ll be further protecting patient lives.
A top awning company can help you design and install hospital awnings and canopies to meet every possible requirement, including your goal of recouping the additional 1% Medicare reimbursement that rewards your excellent patient experience. Awning professionals can handle your entire project from planning and design through fabrication and installation using their OSHA-certified professional crews.
Not only will your constituents have a better experience once your hospital awnings are in place, you can enjoy a trauma-free project experience.