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How To Weigh In On The FGI Guidelines

October 31, 2016     Bryan Langlands and Byron Burlingame

The public comment period for the latest draft of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction is open. Here’s a summary of changes being considered, what they mean for the industry, and how to share your opinions on them. 

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Creating A Destination Campus For Wellness And Inclusion

October 26, 2016     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

The Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, and Carol Van Andel Healthy Living Center are colocating at a 117,000-square-foot Y to provide health activities and programs, a musculoskeletal clinic, and wellness center.

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Listen Up: Design Strategies To Quiet Healthcare Environments

August 23, 2016     Lisa D. Ellis

How managing noise through design can make a hospital a healthier place. 

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Healthcare’s Water Conversation Efforts Have Ripple Effect

July 13, 2016     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

In light of rising water and sewage rates, changing regulations, and the increasing occurrence of extreme weather conditions, healthcare facilities are exploring new ways to reduce their water consumption.

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When is a Patient Room a “Sleeping” Room?

June 8, 2016     Sheila F. Cahnman

Newly adopted codes require that new buildings must have an outside window or outside door in every sleeping room, with a sill height no higher than 36 inches above the floor. But what does this mean for short-stay units? 

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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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