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Good-Natured Design

April 9, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital shows how to use evidence-based design and integrated landscape elements to stand out in the healing-design crowd.

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Healthcare Design Innovation Requires Leap Of Faith

March 23, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
The state of healthcare today calls for new built environment solutions, but adoption can be slow in an industry that’s more comfortable relying on tried-and-true approaches. Healthcare Design’s Innovation Survey sheds light on the state of innovation in healthcare design today and what challenges must be overcome to move us all forward.
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Best Of 2014: Rethinking The Emergency Department

December 23, 2014     John F. Wheary

An innovative renovation of Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg’s emergency department manages patient volumes and improves performance.

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Best of 2014: Increasing Patient Satisfaction By Decreasing Patient Room Size

December 18, 2014     Esperanza Harper, Nicholas Watkins, and Tamra Minnier

When creating a right-sized patient room to support patient/family-centered care, the design team behind the new UPMC East hospital found that more square footage wasn’t necessarily the answer.

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Eskenazi Hospital: One Year Later

November 26, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

What design features are improving results and leading to better patient and staff satisfaction at one of the country’s largest public safety-net hospitals? During the Healthcare Design Conference, members of the design team took time to share what they’ve learned over the past 12 months.

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PHOTO TOUR: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

October 24, 2014     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Take a visual walk through a new critical care unit in Lebanon, N.H., opened in May 2014.
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Research Tools For Healthcare Design

October 22, 2014     Christine Guzzo Vickery

After identifying a healthcare design problem, it’s time to see if there’s existing evidence that might provide a solution. If not, designers will need to conduct their own research, and there are several tools available to get the job done.

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Renovation Tips For Converting To Private Rooms

September 17, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
There’s more to turning double patient rooms to private than just removing a bed. Speakers at the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference will share their top 10 considerations when making the transition.
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Emergency Response: Answering Patient Needs With A Standalone ED

August 21, 2014     Hilke Schoonvliet, Nicholas Watkins, Christy Spivey, and Chelsea Greemore
Research informed a new model of care for New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s delivery of emergency medicine.
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Here Come The Millennials: Healthcare Design For A New Generation

August 20, 2014     Christine Hester Devens
This blog series digs into the country’s new largest generation and how their unique traits and expectations are shaping healthcare environments.
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POE Measures Success Of New Clinic Operational Models

August 7, 2014     Kate Egan
A post-occupancy evaluation was conducted to measure a new clinic layout that’s focused on improving caregiver workflow and the patient experience through a balance of design and operations.
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A Value-Driven Approach To Designing Cancer Environments

August 1, 2014     Patricia D. Malick
Value-mapping is one tool designers can use to determine basic, target, and aspirational features to incorporate in a new space, in order to best meet patient, family, and staff needs. Here, the design of an infusion center serves as one example of how it can be done.
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What Defines “Appropriate” Healthcare Design?

July 21, 2014     Debra Levin
In response to a healthcare system in financial turmoil, design choices deemed appropriate for new facilities today are a whole lot different than what the design community embraced just years ago.
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Making Operational Readiness Part Of The Facility Planning Process

July 7, 2014     L. Kidd and R. Howe
When opening a new building, there’s plenty that has to be considered in terms of the new operational workflows that need to be supported in the new space. Here’s a breakdown of how one recent project approached the process and how it turned out.
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Monitoring Utility Usage Can Save Owners Thousands

June 16, 2014     Richard McKown
A Web-based utility usage dashboard offers insights into performance and savings while it also serves as a troubleshooting tool.
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