Architectural Design Ideas

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PHOTO TOUR: Scripps Critical Care Building

January 30, 2015     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through the Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas critical care building, completed in September 2014.
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Designing More Efficient Critical Access Hospitals

January 28, 2015     John W. Andrews and Jeff S. Monzu
Critical access hospitals face a number of financial challenges not seen by larger urban counterparts, calling for creative design solutions that maximize operational efficiencies and rein in costs.
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How To Determine If An Inpatient-to-Outpatient Conversion Will Work

January 28, 2015     Gary L. Vance

As healthcare trends more and more to outpatient services in lieu of inpatient care, healthcare organizations are exploring whether to build new or transition existing spaces. But how do you know if a building is a fit for conversion? Using an existing facility assessment to rate criteria and score feasibility will help the decision-making process.

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Renovating An Inpatient Unit One Room At A Time

January 26, 2015     Stephen Devon
Foregoing the traditional approach of shutting down an entire unit to complete patient room renovations, this project team realized that despite complications and increased construction costs, the best solution was to go one by one.
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5 Ways Healthcare Design Must Change

January 26, 2015     Dennis Kaiser

Healthcare is evolving, with a heightened focus on greater efficiency and higher quality of care. This shift is requiring healthcare design to evolve, too. Here are five ways to rethink the way built environments are created and what they need to achieve.

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Why Walmart Is Getting Healthcare Right

January 20, 2015     Jim Atkinson

With retail giants becoming major players in the primary care market, there’s plenty for traditional healthcare providers to learn from them when it comes to the planning, design, and operation of their facilities.

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Assembling The Right Team To Create A Functional Program

January 14, 2015     Alberto Salvatore

To avoid a siloed approach to creating the document that will shape any healthcare design project, consider all of the players involved in creating the total environment of care and the unique role they might play in the functional program.

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PHOTO TOUR: Bloor West Dental Group

January 12, 2015     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through the Bloor West Dental Group offices in Toronto, opened December 2013.
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What The Functional Program Is And Why It Matters

January 12, 2015     Alberto Salvatore

Architects aren’t traditionally part of the functional programming process for a new healthcare project. But in order to achieve a holistic design that addresses all aspects of the built environment and the effects it will have on those who will use it; it might be time that designers have a seat at the table.

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A New Front Door: Upgrading the ED

January 8, 2015     Douglas Banks and Nathan Murray

A number of healthcare market conditions are inspiring providers and their design teams to take a fresh look at the emergency department, with a few strategies emerging to bring new life to the space and make a lasting impression.

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Creating Healthcare Environments That Improve Health

January 5, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

For years, healthcare designers have worked to create spaces that promote healing. But in an age where health and wellness are at the forefront of medicine, what about designing environments that actually improve health? Here are a few ideas.

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Moving VA Healthcare Forward

West Haven campus, VA Connecticut Healthcare System.
December 30, 2014     Jim Bell
It’s been a tough year for the Department of Veterans Affairs when it comes to healthcare construction projects. And despite bad press for the beleaguered state of VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s West Haven, Conn., campus, progress is being made to provide a better care environment for the state’s veterans.
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Best Of 2014: Designing For The Patient Experience

December 26, 2014     Sheila F. Cahnman

As providers face reimbursements tied to patient satisfaction scores, the role that the built environment can play in improving experiences—from reducing noise to improving communication—is taking on new importance.

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Best Of 2014: PHOTO TOUR: Fontana Medical Center

December 24, 2014     posted by Kristin D. Zeit

Take a visual walk through Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana Medical Center in Fontana, Calif., opened in May 2013.

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Best Of 2014: Camp Pendleton Replacement Hospital Mirrors Military Traditions

December 23, 2014     Sara O. Marberry

Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, completed in November 2013, reflects the ideals of the patients it serves and raises the bar for military healthcare facility design.

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