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PHOTO TOUR: American College of Chest Physicians HQ And Training Center

February 27, 2015     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through the global headquarters and Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center for the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) in Glenview, Ill., completed in January 2014.
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3 Elements To Consider When Planning A Hybrid OR

February 23, 2015     Kevin Downey

Hybrid operating rooms are incredibly complex healthcare spaces to design. But the right planning with the right stakeholders will help simplify the process. 

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Hope House: A Stepping Stone For Behavioral Health Patients

February 18, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The 6,859-square-foot, 16-bed crisis residential facility in California provides a option for patients in need of transitional housing.
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Resolutions For A Healthier Built Environment

February 17, 2015     Rosalyn Cama

Mirroring commercial wellness trends, healthcare providers are entering 2015 focused on keeping people well rather than treating illness, inspiring the design of spaces that promote good health.

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The HCD 10: ZGF Architects LLP, Outstanding Organization

February 13, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
ZGF Architects LLP is named The HCD 10 Outstanding Organization for its work in 2014.
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Nailing Net Zero: Gundersen Health System

February 11, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Gundersen Health System’s new Legacy Building is the most prominent piece of its ongoing campus renewal project in La Crosse, Wis., incorporating aggressive energy goals, improving operations and patient/staff experience, and tying design into a scenic Mississippi River setting.
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Not All Functions Need To Be In The Hospital Anymore

February 11, 2015     Gary Vance

It’s costly to house any service within a hospital. And thanks to advancements in technology, many functions don’t need to be on-site anyway. Here’s how to determine what could find a new home.

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Designing Healthcare Spaces For The Human Experience

February 10, 2015     Patrick Thibaudeau and Kara Freihoefer
Measuring the needs of users, particularly staff, early in the design process will help shape environments that support satisfaction, well-being, and productivity.
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The HCD 10: George Mann, Educator

February 9, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
George Mann, the Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, Endowed Professor of Health Facilities Design in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, is named The HCD 10 Educator for his work in 2014.
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Here Come the Millennials: Hospital Design That Speaks To Young Caregivers

February 6, 2015     Christine Hester Devens

Millennials will be deeply engaged in healthcare delivered to both their boomer parents and their children, requiring a built environment that responds to expectations for transparency, mobility, value, education, and more.

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The HCD 10: Jennie Evans, Association/Foundation Executive

February 5, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
Jennie Evans, 2013-2014 president of the Nursing Institute of Healthcare Design, is named The HCD 10 Association/Foundation Executive.
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Why Now Is The Time To Right-Size Healthcare Projects

February 4, 2015     Gary Vance

Although the industry has been touting the benefits of right-sizing healthcare environments for years, not everyone has embraced the approach. But thanks to new technologies and efficiencies in place, successful right-sizing is within reach now more than ever.

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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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