As the Oklahoma Health Center changes and grows, we need a
wayfinding system to get us there. Patients and visitors have high expectations about the quality
of care they receive. Their ability to easily find their way around our buildings directly impacts
their perception of the care that the members of the Oklahoma Health Center provide. An effective
wayfinding system is a key ingredient in a positive visitor experience.
An important part of this system is for all Oklahoma Health Center employees and volunteers to speak the language of the wayfinding system. The following content will introduce important locations, symbols and verbiage to help you efficiently and consistently direct patients, visitors and even other employees to and across campus. Let’s get going!
The 4 Simple Steps are an important part of the new sign system on campus. These “steps” are designed to highlight key transitions for any patient, visitor and even employees to find various destinations on campus. These visual breadcrumbs start the trail on the new street signs around campus. It is important for all employees to use these four steps, when applicable, enabling us to all speak a clear message and consistently provide effective directions whether driving to campus or following the PATH.
From Lincoln Boulevard, the thouroughfare of our campus, the street names/numbers are the first iconic step for drivers to find the right destination. These entry points to campus are emphasized by the new signs near intersections to help funnel traffic from Lincoln into naturally formed zones that will help overall traffic flow. Check out these “zones” below.
Signs at 13th Street direct patients and visitors to all hospitals and emergency rooms for adult, children and VA.
Signs at SL Young and 10th Street direct patient traffic to clinics and other health services, leaving 13th open for all hospital-specific traffic.
Signs at 8th Street direct students and other visitors to most OUHSC academic buildings, creating space for patient traffic on other streets.
New symbols for parking help motorists and pedestrians quickly identify important parking structures or lots. These symbols are being strategically used on internal and external signs, maps and directions to help visitors find the best parking for their destination.
Parking Structure ID's
High-traffic parking structures for patients and visitors are identified by blue circle symbols. Directing patients to parking nearest their destination is key to quickly locating their final destination.
Parking Lot ID's
Parking lots and structures that are primarily used by employees and students are identified by blue Lot IDs.
Landmarks are meant to be easily identifiable or important points of transition inside a building while still in route to a destination. In most cases, the landmarks are elevators, but in some cases, this could be a specific entrance, a visible sculpture or a monument that is clearly identified by a visitor—ideally visible from parking or the main entrance.
The high-traffic patient and visitor elevators that are located on the Path have all been identified with a letter on a black
and white symbol. Elevators A through Z are organized along the Path from West to East.
You will see signs for Landmark Elevators inside buildings, adjacent parking garages and along the Path.
Destinations can be indicated in several forms, but are rarely just a building. The previous steps guide individuals to a building. A destination is a particular location inside a building. It could be a floor, suite, department or clinic. Many of the OHC clinics and hospital destinations have adopted a colored shape to uniquely identify their location. Here are two examples:
“Gumdrop” Destination ID
These types of IDs are used at:
• OU Medical Center
• The Children’s Hospital
“Teardrop” Destination ID
These types of IDs are used at:
• OU Physicians
• The Children’s Physicians