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A New Administration Brings New Uncertainty

November 21, 2016     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Editor-in-Chief

The possibility of President-elect Trump repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act is reigniting the uncertainty that once existed regarding the legislation’s future. How will these unknowns affect capital projects going forward? Some industry leaders weigh in. 

HCD Expo Tour: Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building

November 13, 2016     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Editor-in-Chief

Collaboration and flexibility are hallmarks of the University of Texas MD Anderson’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building for Personalized Cancer Care in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, one of several tours available to attendees of the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. 

A 3-D Printed Hospital Coming To A Town Near You?

July 21, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

From prosthetics to bones to organs, the use of 3-D printing in healthcare is gaining traction every day and calling for built environments that can support its use. But what about using the technology to construct those built environments? It may not be such a leap.

Design's Place In The Retail Clinic Evolution

March 31, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

The role that convenient care locations, or retail clinics, play in the overall continuum of care is expanding, especially as health systems embrace the complement to their own delivery practices, calling for a rethinking of environments to support growing services and popularity. 

Travel Bug: Medical Tourism And The Role Of Design

February 25, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

Documentarian Morgan Spurlock recently tackled the trend of medical tourism, highlighting why it makes financial sense for many Americans. And when it comes to attracting patients overseas, the built environment, from aesthetics to operational support, is a necessary foundation. 

A Multidisciplinary Design Approach To Solving The Healthcare Challenge

January 6, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

From chronic disease and aging populations to the continuum of care and patient satisfaction, healthcare today is facing plenty of challenges. But designers are in a unique position to bring new ideas to the table to solve them, and one new university program is tasking students with just that. 

2014: The Year Of The Patient

December 17, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

Healthcare Design’s Top 10 most-clicked articles in 2014 capture the industry's growing interest in creating healthcare spaces that not only enhance outcomes but that leave patients walking away from a healthcare experience with a favorable opinion of it. See the full list here. 

Ambulatory Expansion: Best Practices And Common Pitfalls

December 4, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

Healthcare organizations across the country are turning to their facility planning partners to create a roadmap to success in the shift to ambulatory care. But how is that translated to identifying space needs? And what bumps in the road are likely to be encountered, even with the best-laid plans in place?

Tour: Kaiser Permanente San Diego Central Hospital

November 16, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

The new hospital in San Diego is being built to the Kaiser Permanente template but with some twists, thanks to concepts presented through the organization's Small Hospital, Big Idea Competition. Attendees of the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference had a chance to visit the site and see mock-ups of those new ideas in practice. 

The New Parkland: Lessons In Practical Design

September 25, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
A tour of the new 2.1 million-square-foot Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas adds perspective to what defines appropriate healthcare design today, showing that creative yet sensible solutions can be identified, even for projects on the largest of scales.
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