Sheila Cahnman's blog

When is a Patient Room a “Sleeping” Room?

June 8, 2016     Sheila F. Cahnman

Newly adopted codes require that new buildings must have an outside window or outside door in every sleeping room, with a sill height no higher than 36 inches above the floor. But what does this mean for short-stay units? 

Creating Short-Stay Environments For The Chronically Ill

March 23, 2016     Sheila F. Cahnman

Health systems are starting to dip their toes in a new model of care that concentrates on patients who require significant clinical management and provides an alternative to inpatient or emergency settings. The move calls for a potentially unique healthcare environment, and a project in-progress offers an example of what might be done. 

Designing To Accommodate The Short-Stay Patient

February 5, 2016     Sheila F. Cahnman

The number of patients classified as not requiring inpatient admission is growing, meaning hospitals and their design partners must find solutions to support a short-stay environment. Blogger Sheila Cahnman shares some ideas on where to stray from a traditional observation unit approach. 

Improving Hospital Ecosystems With Bioinformed Design

June 2, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

Research indicates that efforts to create an ultra-clean patient environment may actually be removing ecosystems that can help patients heal, calling for a new paradigm in how hospitals are designed and maintained.

Design And Patient Satisfaction: One Study’s Misconstrued Message

March 2, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

Last week, headlines proclaimed that a new study showed that facility design has little effect on patient satisfaction—but the details of the study suggest otherwise. 

Creating Healthcare Environments That Improve Health

January 5, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

For years, healthcare designers have worked to create spaces that promote healing. But in an age where health and wellness are at the forefront of medicine, what about designing environments that actually improve health? Here are a few ideas.

Designing To Keep Doctors In The House

September 30, 2014     Sheila Cahnman
Physicians have expressed growing professional discontent in recent years, a trend that could affect outcomes and patient satisfaction. Have design decisions played a part in lowering morale? If so, how can it be repaired?

Healthcare Megaprojects: Challenges and Opportunities

June 3, 2014     Sheila F. Cahnman
In the second part of a two-part series on healthcare megaprojects, blogger Sheila Cahnman explores the inherent challenges of working overseas that are exacerbated by the scale of these projects. But with thoughtful planning and project management, plenty of opportunities still exist.

Healthcare Megaprojects: They Do Exist

May 30, 2014     Sheila F. Cahnman
A review of the largest projects on the books today reveals that megaprojects—those coming in at more than 1 million square feet and 1,000 beds—are still out there and predominantly overseas, answering a host of needs surfacing around the globe.

What Really Matters In Healthcare Facilities?

January 29, 2014     Sheila F. Cahnman
Plenty of personal preference is revealed when stakeholders weigh in on the design of new healthcare facilities. But what really matters at the end of the day, and how can architects play a role in drawing that out?
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