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Using Psychiatric Facility Design To Inspire Integrated Care Spaces

September 18, 2014     James M. Hunt
In order to answer the industry push to treat both general and psychiatric patients in one location, the proper physical environment to support integrated care is essential. In order to make these spaces safe—and attractive—for all, there’s plenty to learn from design solutions already being applied in psychiatric care settings.
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Patient Bathroom Designs Balance Style And Safety

June 25, 2014     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
Design directives inspiring today’s patient bathrooms put safety first but incorporate hospitality touches, too, leaving designers with plenty of options to consider and pursue.
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Full Immersion: A Personal Perspective On ADA Codes

June 16, 2014     Christine Guzzo Vickery
After learning plenty of lessons from being a patient in a hospital he designed, one healthcare architect gained a whole new perspective on accessibility, too, when he left the hospital in a wheelchair.
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Increasing Patient Satisfaction By Decreasing Patient Room Size

May 12, 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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Boomer Nation: Applying Generational Research To Design Approaches

May 8, 2014     Gary Vance
While not a lot of research exists specifically on designing for baby boomers, there’s plenty of information available on the generation in general that can be used to shape the design of healthcare spaces to support the aging population.
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Boomer Nation: Improving Building Entrances For Seniors

April 10, 2014     Gary Vance
Often unfamiliar with the path of travel when entering a healthcare facility, seniors are at risk for falls, requiring thoughtful design of the entry sequence.
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Can I Help You With That Door?

April 3, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
A trip to an orthopedic office illustrates the importance of remembering the patients you’re designing for and how their needs should be considered with every design choice you make—starting with the front door.
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Patients Determine The Value Of Healthcare Design

February 10, 2014     Bernita Beikmann
End customers define value. In healthcare, those customers are patients and their families. So when families demanded a feature during the construction of a new children's hospital that exposed the facility to risk, designers had to work to make sure they got it right for everyone.
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ED Evolution: How To Best Serve Elderly Patients

February 3, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
A few years ago, the first geriatric emergency departments started to open their doors. Their successes are now inspiring others to follow suit, as a new report suggests it’s time for providers to consider the move—and create the built environment necessary to support it.
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Boomer Nation: Making Healthcare Facility Parking Easy

December 3, 2013     Gary Vance
Designing for the new baby boomer patient population starts at the beginning. Designers should rethink the healthcare facility parking lot to account for elderly drivers' diminished sight, reaction times, and coordination.
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Back To Life At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

November 25, 2013     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital extends its healing mission to remediate a brownfield site on Boston's waterfront and build a resilient new hospital
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High-Tech Vs. Passive: How To Choose The Right Design Solution For Your Healthcare Facility

November 25, 2013     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital illustrates how the right design choice isn't always the one based on technology. Sometimes it's as easy as opening the windows to hear the "birds and the boats."
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When patients are architects

November 18, 2013     Charlene Marietti
Patients are becoming part of the design and planning conversation. And when the patient is an architect, planners are even more likely to listen.
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Research Shows Design Impacts Patient Mobility

November 12, 2013     Ellen Taylor
Architects and designers have the opportunity to help healthcare providers understand how the environment can improve outcomes resulting from patient immobility.
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Room For All: Trends In Bariatric Healthcare Design

July 1, 2013     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
With obesity rates on a steady rise, healthcare designers must answer clients' needs for bariatric spaces, despite a lack of standards for what exactly they should be.
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