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FIRST LOOK: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Specialty Care Center

July 30, 2014     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
A new ambulatory center in King of Prussia, Pa., relies on a unique building geometry and play on light and colors to create a visually engaging environment for patients.
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FIRST LOOK: Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

July 16, 2014     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis
A new Omaha, Neb., hospital for Madonna Rehabilitation will use design to drive home its mission to provide holistic rehabilitation that supports the body, mind, and soul.
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Mercy Health Goes Bold And Beautiful

July 16, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Faced with a challenging site, the design team behind the new Mercy Health West hospital in Cincinnati maximized the location to create innovative design solutions—inside and out.
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An International Standard Of Care And Design

July 15, 2014     Charlene Marietti
Eastern experts and Western thought leaders shared concerns and trends in hospital design and care delivery trends at the 15th Hospital Build and Infrastructure China Exhibition and Congress.
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Healthcare Design Trends: East Meets West

July 10, 2014     Charlene Marietti
VOA Associate’s David Duff compared Chinese and U.S. healthcare practices and design at The 3rd Summit Forum of Chinese and Overseas Hospital Architects, part of the 15th Hospital Build and Infrastructure China Exhibition and Congress held June 21 to 23 in Nanjing, China.
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FIRST LOOK: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

July 9, 2014     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
With an eye on strengthening its brand in the region by upping the quality of its pediatric care, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is embarking on a new surgery center and NICU expansion scheduled to open in 2016.
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Three Ways To Cut Building Costs In The Design Process

July 9, 2014     Charlene Marietti
Eastern experts and Western thought leaders shared concerns and trends in hospital design and care delivery trends at the 15th Hospital Build and Infrastructure China Exhibition and Congress held June 21 to 23 in Nanjing, China. One U.S. architect weighed in on approaches to shaving dollars off of healthcare projects.
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Guest Services: A New Approach

July 3, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
As loved ones take on a larger role in the caregiving process, healthcare facilities are rethinking family and visitor spaces to provide a variety of spaces for them to work, play, or simply get away.
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From Monstrosity To Landmark: Why Community Buy-In Matters

July 1, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
No matter how great a healthcare organization and its design team might find a new building plan to be, there’s someone else who has to have a seat at the table: the community. And as some recent projects illustrate, if residents don’t like what’s being proposed, that plan can come to a halt pretty quickly.
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Can Different Architectural Forms Influence Patient Behavior?

June 26, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Researchers from Texas Tech and HKS look at how contours may affect patients and their overall experience. The results will be shared at the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference.
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FIRST LOOK: Teck Acute Care Centre

June 25, 2014     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
Evidence-based design and Lean approaches inspired the design behind the new Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, targeted for completion in 2018.
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Spreading The Word About Simulation Modeling

June 20, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
A webinar panel during next week’s Healthcare Design Education Day plans to share the real-world benefits of this design tool in multiple stages of the project planning process.
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Cultural Context: Applying Local Values To Healthcare Design

June 12, 2014     Mike Apple
In his second blog reflecting on time spent in Sweden, blogger Mike Apple shares how he saw the local Scandinavian culture as well as global trends shape healthcare buildings there, showcasing the balance designers must strike in approaching projects large and small.
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Healthcare Megaprojects: Challenges and Opportunities

June 3, 2014     Sheila F. Cahnman
In the second part of a two-part series on healthcare megaprojects, blogger Sheila Cahnman explores the inherent challenges of working overseas that are exacerbated by the scale of these projects. But with thoughtful planning and project management, plenty of opportunities still exist.
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Common Goals Inspire MaineGeneral Hospital Project

June 3, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
An integrated project delivery contract and Lean design process drove the creation of MaineGeneral’s new Alfond Center for Health, with team members sharing in risks and rewards to ensure its success.
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