Blogs

Tipping Point Of Sustainable Design

April 18, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Energy efficient, low-VOC, and LEED—these are all part of the growing green vernacular in healthcare design. So when will green buildings be the norm?

Retail Healthcare Throws Down The Gauntlet

April 16, 2014     Rosalyn Cama
CVS’s new tobacco-free stance raises more questions about how the retailing of healthcare might affect the strategy and design of other healthcare environments.

Look Outside: Supporting Wellness Through Healthcare Campus Planning

April 11, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
There are a number of forces at play that will influence providers to think about what’s happening on the outside of their facilities just as much as what's happening inside, as healthcare organizations take a larger stake in their communities and how campus planning can play a pivotal role in keeping people well.

Boomer Nation: Improving Building Entrances For Seniors

April 10, 2014     Gary Vance
Often unfamiliar with the path of travel when entering a healthcare facility, seniors are at risk for falls, requiring thoughtful design of the entry sequence.

Can I Help You With That Door?

April 3, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
A trip to an orthopedic office illustrates the importance of remembering the patients you’re designing for and how their needs should be considered with every design choice you make—starting with the front door.

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.

Full Immersion: Learning The Impact Of Design Firsthand

March 25, 2014     Christine Guzzo Vickery
A healthcare designer shares the pros and cons that he noted after becoming a patient in a bed tower he designed a decade ago.

5 Design Ideas For Healthcare Waiting Rooms

March 24, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Improved lighting, new layouts, and pleasing furnishings go a long way in setting facilities apart and creating a positive brand impression.

Cultural Context: Learning From Healthcare Design In Sweden

March 20, 2014     Mike Apple
Having the opportunity to compare and contrast healthcare planning and design in Sweden to that of the U.S., blogger Mike Apple identifies how the Swedish culture shapes the approaches taken there as well as how U.S. trends are mirrored.

What Reform Means For Healthcare Construction

March 11, 2014     Jack Darnall
A lot’s been said about the effect that the Affordable Care Act will have on healthcare capital improvement projects. But does it really change the pressures that providers were under before implementation? Brasfield & Gorrie’s Jack Darnall weighs in.
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