The Reading Hospital and Medical Center—Patient Care Center, Reading, Pa. Photo by Tom Crane
Established: 1878

Staff: 220

Location: Philadelphia

Healthcare Markets: Acute Care, Alternative Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Behavioral/Mental Health, Education/Research

Services: Architecture, Engineering, Green/Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Master Planning

Three Projects of Note:

The Reading Hospital and Medical Center—Patient Care Center [Reading, PA] October 2005 (phased)

Weill Cornell Medical College—York Ambulatory Care Building [New York, NY] January 2007

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital—Lakefront Tower [Hamilton, NJ] June 2007 (phased)

Contact Information:

Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA

833 Chestnut St., Suite 1400

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Ph. (215) 446-0900 Fax: (215) 446-0901

E-mail: lmeilink@ballinger-ae.com

Web: http://www.ballinger-ae.com

Founded in 1878 and based in Philadelphia, Ballinger was one of the first firms in the United States to merge the disciplines of Architecture and engineering into a single professional practice. Today, the firm is committed to designing flexible, cost-efficient, market-responsive buildings for hospitals, academic medical centers, and regional health systems. Bringing innovative technology to design and thoughtful design to technology, Ballinger continues to deliver superior built projects based on clearly defined client objectives and goals.

What do you think is a pressing issue/controversy today with healthcare design?

Today's pressing healthcare issues include evidence-based design backed up by controlled research; patient safety and infection control, including the impact of single-handed rooms and demand for all private NICUs; incorporation of green guidelines for healthcare; and the rising cost of construction.