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Historic Renovation Offers Lessons In Adaptive Reuse

April 7, 2016     Steve Wiser

A landmark building offered the ideal site for a Louisville, Ky., nonprofit healthcare provider, but retrofitting the 80-year-old space to support modern care delivery was a historic challenge.

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The Intersection Of Healthcare And Politics

March 30, 2016     Christine Guzzo Vickery

Healthcare and politics have long been intertwined. Lessons learned from how government interventions affected care delivery in the past can help designers anticipate how best to create clinical care environments that respond to this current wave of reform. 

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Piece By Piece: Rebuilding Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital

March 29, 2016     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

The community hospital gets a fresh start in South Los Angeles by bringing together public and private partners, new and renovated buildings, and unique service arrangements.

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Teaching To The Test

February 16, 2016     Debra Levin

The unintended negative consequences of teaching primary school students to perform well on tests may serve as a warning to designers creating spaces to achieve high HCAHPS scores.

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Master Class: Robin Guenther

December 7, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

This is the sixth installment in our interview series with past recipients of Healthcare Design’s professional awards programs, featuring a Q+A with Robin Guenther, a principal and global sustainable healthcare leader at Perkins+Will. Check back daily for more installments.

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Balancing Act In Behavioral Healthcare Design

December 1, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

Safety and patient empowerment star in new takes on patient room design for mental health facilities, as part of the Institute for Patient-Centered Design Inc.'s annual design competition.

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A New Movement For Healthcare: Universal Design

November 4, 2015     Gary L. Vance

As more and more boomers reach age 65, the healthcare planning and design community continues to search for clarity on how to design facilities for this significant cohort. With much still to learn about the generation’s unique requirements, universal design may serve as an ideal solution. 

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The Evolution Of Behavioral Healthcare Environments

October 14, 2015     Peter L. Bardwell

Just as the delivery of behavioral healthcare care has transformed over the years, the spaces where treatment is provided is taking new shape to support these modern solutions, from private patient rooms to behavioral health spaces within EDs. 

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New Orleans Hospitals Adapt And Overcome

October 7, 2015     Craig Guillot

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, two new hospitals are rising, with designs that respond to the inherent threats of the city’s geography.

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State Of Mind In Behavioral Healthcare Design

September 25, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

Behavioral healthcare design is making strides by incorporating the aesthetics and amenities of modern acute care facilities while maintaining the safety and comfort that patients require.

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Designing The OR Of The Future

September 24, 2015     Kwang Lee

A mock-up of an OR used in the design process for one project yielded lots of ideas on what space and technology requirements are needed to build surgical spaces today that are ready for tomorrow. 

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Design Rx: Delivering Operationally Efficient Pharmacies

September 1, 2015     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett

Today’s hospital pharmacies are stepping up their support of building productivity and patient care, while designers step up the functionality of the spaces themselves.

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Healthcare Design Legacy: Michael Graves

May 18, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
Postmodernist architect Michael Graves, who died in March at the age of 80, spent the past decade using his own physical disability to inspire built environment solutions that accommodate everyone. Here's a look at highlights of his firm's work in healthcare and beyond, to serve as inspiration for us all.
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Understanding Aging To Create Senior-Friendly Healthcare Spaces

April 1, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
There’s little evidence-based design research that sheds lights on what environments will promote positive outcomes for senior patients, specifically. Yet there’s plenty of information available on the physical effects of aging that can shape successful care spaces to support those 65 and older during their hospital stays.
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Renovating An Inpatient Unit One Room At A Time

January 26, 2015     Stephen Devon
Foregoing the traditional approach of shutting down an entire unit to complete patient room renovations, this project team realized that despite complications and increased construction costs, the best solution was to go one by one.
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