Shandi Matambanadzo's blog

Building To Honor And Heal Veterans

November 18, 2013     Shandi Matambanadzo, Associate Editor
The Orlando VA Medical Center in Orlando, Fla., one of the facility tours at Healthcare Design Conference 2013, incorporates the words "For Those Who Served" into the design. The center aims to serve as a "working medical monument."

Game On! Crowdsourcing To Design Better Hospitals

February 6, 2013     Shandi Matambanadzo, Associate Editor
A recent online collaborative game gathered input from around the world, hoping to find and extract the best new ideas for improving healthcare design in the future.

Feedback On Healthcare Design: How The Industry Is Shaping Up

January 23, 2013     Shandi Matambanadzo, Associate Editor
There is a quiet optimism in the healthcare design industry about the future, but what are some of the challenges and questions still hovering on the sidelines?

Adverse Events: Waiting for Healthcare Design's Intervention?

January 11, 2013     Shandi Matambanadzo, Associate Editor
The design industry is in a unique position to have a significant and positive impact on adverse events in the pre-design phase of a healthcare building project by ensuring that safety concerns are addressed.

Healthcare Design Pro Bono?

December 13, 2012     Shandi Matambanadzo, Associate Editor
The message of using the built environment as a tool for social progress to improve the health and lives of everyone in the community continues to develop.

Rethinking the ED

November 16, 2012     Posted by Shandi Matambanadzo, Associate Editor
St. Elizabeth’s flexible “no-wait” emergency and surgery departments were developed by focusing on important metrics and emphasizing patient-centered care.

Facility Tour: Adelante Healthcare Mesa

November 4, 2012     Shandi Matambanadzo, Associate Editor
The Adelante Healthcare Community Center is seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered to an often ignored, low income population.

Keeping Pace With the Smart Hospitals

October 29, 2012     Shandi Matambanadzo, Associate Editor
More and more hospitals are responding to a population that’s increasingly tech savvy and an industry that has advanced by leaps and bounds.

Finding Funding to Make Hospitals Energy Efficient

October 3, 2012     Shandi Matambanadzo, Associate Editor
A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate will provide funds to allow nonprofits to retrofit their buildings to be more energy efficient. It still has a long way to go but it would be a welcome helping hand for cash-strapped hospitals.

Preserving Landmarks in Healthcare Design?

September 11, 2012     Shandi Matambanadzo, Associate Editor
The old Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago has been marked for demolition to make way for biomedical research, but a groundswell of voices, including leading architects, is calling for the building to be preserved for future generations.
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