Critical access hospitals help define communities, serving as a destination that provides much more than healthcare. As such, some considerations should be made when designing these facilities.
While critical access hospitals share some traits with larger urban counterparts, their design must be tailored on a smaller scale to fulfill community needs.
An often overlooked side of healthcare design are physicians’ workspaces, which need to evolve to reflect a more mobile, technology-enabled workforce.
While physical mock-ups serve as a reliable tool in healthcare design, opportunities are growing for immersive virtual reality.
By integrating three-dimensional facility prototyping into the design process, designers can test new ideas and healthcare delivery methods that cost-effectively improve patient outcomes.
Healthcare's changing environment will challenge designers, caregivers, and administrators to meet higher expectations and find solutions through innovation.
A well-planned art program is integral to the overall plan of a hospital, in which good design supports both clinical and emotional needs of patients. An art collection at Dana-Farber's new Yawkey Center for Cancer Care proves to be an example of how this can be accomplished.
Various check-out locations illustrate the challenges balancing convenience, privacy, and comfort in clinic design.
Because the activities occurring within exam rooms have changed in the past decade, so too have design elements, including size, interior layout, and aesthetics.
There are a number of different clinic modules to assess concerning the best size and configuration of spaces for a specific specialty, including academic, physician-centric, and patient self-rooming.