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Maricopa Integrated Health System

Clinical Lab Feasibility Study and Design

Maricopa Integrated Health System’s clinical lab is core to the planning of their new hospital for their Roosevelt campus. HERA worked with the hospital planners, administration and the clinical lab director and staff to help meet goals for personnel, technology and quality of testing results for the new facility. We understood their current facilities and system requirements as their metropolitan locations expanded. We provided a clinical lab physical program and strategy to enhance their “Care Reimaged” system-wide focus.

Over the course of four planning workshops, the team developed a program, flow diagrams and a test fit for the 17,324-sf central lab, which includes a core lab, microbiology, molecular biology, anatomic pathology, blood bank and phlebotomy.

The approach for the new clinical lab is a departure from current lab operations, providing an outline for new distribution of samples, new equipment and reorganized departments.

Though a site for the new hospital is known, the exact location of the clinical labs within the hospital is not yet determined.

Working with lab leadership, HERA developed flow and adjacency diagrams to create an ideal flow within the labs. A program was then developed, vetted and revised using data supplied by end users through questionnaires. Blocking diagrams and test fits further defined layout options and established the best relationships between clinical lab departments.

Subsequently, HERA was hired to continue as the clinical lab planner for the next phase of the new hospital implementation, which began in early 2019.

As part of the project, HERA also worked with hospital administration, providing clinical lab planning for multiple satellite offices, as well as a prototype clinical lab for ambulatory care satellites.


Phoenix, Arizona


17,324 net square feet


Master programming and planning, lab design


Cuningham Group

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