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Reimagining Transplant Care

SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Samuel L. Kountz Kidney Transplant Unit

Brooklyn, New York, USA

“Patients and family have reacted very positively to the environment. The family zone and unit managers/staff clearly have a different sense of ‘pride of ownership.”

Alvin Dunaisky, AIA, AICP
‎Assistant Director for Major Hospital Projects, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

The renovated kidney transplant unit at SUNY Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn reimagines the inpatient care setting to increase patient and staff satisfaction.

The Samuel L. Kountz Kidney Transplant Unit offers space for the hospital to serve post-surgical patients and provide ongoing treatment for transplant patients. The design transforms inpatient accommodations within the 50-year-old hospital by advancing a new culture of hospitality in a high-tech, high-quality care environment that focuses on patients and their families.

HOK’s research program informed design strategies, including use of glass doors to promote visibility between nurses and patients and carpeted nurse stations to reduce noise. The design provides patients with extensive access to natural light and outdoor views.

A community-focused artwork program brings warmth to patient rooms, the central nurse station, a key circulation corridor and the family waiting area. The artwork includes original photographs of iconic Brooklyn landmarks and parks by renowned photographer Accra Shepp. Each image incorporates natural settings to promote a soothing, healing environment.  



12,000 sq. ft. / 1,115 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Interior Design
Medical Planning