Kristin Zeit's blog

Sponsored Spaces in Hospitals: Minding the Mixed Messages

August 1, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Hospital systems must carefully consider donation sources to make sure they’re not sending the wrong message to the community. When the money is spent on branded spaces within the hospital, it adds a whole other layer of scrutiny.

Big Health Benefits Of A Neglected Hospital Space

July 8, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
With recent research showing that elevator buttons are bacteria breeding grounds, healthcare patients and workers have another incentive to take the stairs. What are architects and designers doing to encourage this?

3 Takeaways From HCD Academy Portland

July 3, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
In June, facility managers, architects, owners, interior designers, and construction executives shared the stage to discuss key industry challenges and take the pulse of progress. Here are three lessons that stood out.

Selling It: A New Driver In Designing For Healthcare

June 13, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Move over, hospitality. As healthcare systems become more and more competitive for patients, there’s another sector with valuable lessons for both providers and architects/designers: retail.

Design Down Under: Cool Healthcare Facilities

June 4, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
A quick look at a few recent, noteworthy healthcare projects coming out of Australia.

What Price, Fame?

May 15, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Big-name, mainstream designers and architects who dabble in the healthcare realm can raise the hackles of those who’ve built an entire career in our industry. Should they?

The Biggest Threat To Successful Facility Design

April 25, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
No matter how much work you put into planning, designing, and constructing a space for healthcare, once you turn the keys over to the facility, all bets are off. Should designers and architects be taking a stronger role in staff training?

The Patient Experience: Are Words Getting In The Way?

March 27, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
The words selected by healthcare facilities for their signage, buildings, and communications are supposed to help patients and visitors navigate the space clearly and without anxiety. But a recent study shows that what providers say and what visitors comprehend are often vastly different.

Planning Healthcare Spaces For The Tech Takeover

March 7, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
The more healthcare owners spend on preparing for technology integration, the more their facilities have to be ready to adapt. What’s the designer’s role in all this? It’s bigger than you might think.

Cancer Support Meets World-class Design

February 25, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Maggie’s Centres marry patient- and family-centered care with thoughtful, high-profile architecture and design—an approach that takes on even greater significance in today’s healthcare environment.
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