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Little Things: Designing For Labor, Delivery, And Beyond

July 31, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

Hospitals and health systems around the country are investing capital dollars in the birth experience, from creating standalone birth centers to renovating obstetrics units, all in an effort to get the details right for that special day—and, hopefully, inspire lifelong relationships along the way.

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All In One: Designing Womens’ And Children’s Hospitals

July 31, 2015     Tatiana Guimaraes

Designing healthcare facilities for women and children calls for a balance of three distinct patient groups—adults, children, and infants—all while maintaining efficient operations. It’s a tall order, but this blog from AIA AAH identifies details to consider.

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NICU Simulation Lab Sees Continuous Improvement

July 24, 2015     Tammy Smith Thompson

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design’s 2013 design competition to improve the NICU environment is reaching the final installment of its resulting simulation lab, with plenty learned along the way from the industry members and other stakeholders who have weighed in on iterations of its design. Here’s some of what was learned along the way.

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Colossus Of Care: New Parkland Hospital

July 21, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

Now preparing for an August opening, Dallas County's New Parkland Hospital showcases a design inspired by the public hospital’s pursuit to rival private competitors and the need for an environment that will stand the test of time—even with 1 million patient visits a year.

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FIRST LOOK: Shriners for Children Medical Center

July 14, 2015     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

See a sneak peek of Shriners for Children’s new healthcare center in Pasadena, Calif., scheduled to open in 2017. 

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What’s The Best Nurses’ Station Design For Psychiatric Hospitals?

July 1, 2015     Jeffrey R. Mural

Balancing staff safety and the humane treatment of patients in behavioral healthcare facilities is often difficult when designing the nurses’ station. But options are available. Here are tips on how to figure out which one is right for your space.

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FIRST LOOK: Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Wellness Center

June 30, 2015     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
See a sneak peek of Thibodaux Regional Medical Center's new wellness center project, an effort to help community members make healthy choices with a medically integrated approach to fitness programs.
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Why Reality TV Might Be Killing Healthcare Design

June 22, 2015     Ellen Taylor

In a world of reality TV shows that document one-day home makeovers and quick flips, the real work of designers is at risk of being diminished. And for a segment as complex as healthcare design, shouldn’t we be dedicating more time and resources to the process?

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The Case For Patient Room Standardization

June 18, 2015     Jim Atkinson

Although it may be tempting for providers to pursue specialized patient rooms for specific populations, creating inpatient spaces that can accommodate multiple models of care will pay off in the long run.

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PHOTO TOUR: Canyon Vista Medical Center

June 17, 2015     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz., opened in April 2015.
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UCSF Medical Center At Mission Bay Houses Three Hospitals In One

June 11, 2015     Margie Monin Dombrowski
The new San Francisco campus centralizes UCSF’s core service lines and expands outpatient offerings with the construction of three distinct hospitals under one roof, improving collaboration and resource sharing.
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Here Come The Millennials: Healthcare Work Environments For A New Generation

June 11, 2015     Christine Hester Devens

With a physician shortage looming, the next generation of caregivers to attract is the Millennials, steeped in technology, insistent on collaboration, and expecting a work-life balance. So how can we design healthcare spaces to recruit this talent? Here are a few ideas.

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FIRST LOOK: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

June 10, 2015     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
See a sneak peek of Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., which is undergoing a $250 million expansion and renovation that includes a new front door, private patient rooms, and NICU replacement.
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Good Taste: Designing Healthcare Dining Spaces

June 8, 2015     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
To answer providers’ needs to bolster family and staff satisfaction, designers are stepping up dining areas by enhancing efficiencies, workflow, and choice, complemented by hospitality-inspired touches.
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Rethinking How Design Supports The Healthcare D-Suite

June 8, 2015     Terry Thurston

A traditional solution for middle management office space in hospitals is to assign them by department, separating director-level staff from their peers. In an era of increased focus on collaboration in care delivery, might there be a benefit to going in a new direction?

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