Rooms and Workspaces

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PHOTO TOUR: Western Digital DRIVE Wellness Center

June 15, 2016     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

Take a visual walk through the wellness facility in Irvine, Calif., opened in July 2015.

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Lasting Impression: Northwestern Memorial Hospital

June 9, 2016     Angela Mazzi

The 2016 Legacy Project Award winner illustrates design principles that have helped the facility adapt as needs have changed while becoming a good neighbor to the community.

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Shedding Light On Healthcare Lighting Design Strategies

May 31, 2016     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett

It’s important to understand the complex role that lighting systems play within healthcare facilities, as the right approach and mix of designs and light sources can go a long way to create an environment that supports patient satisfaction and outcomes.

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6 Evidence-Based Design Strategies For Med/Surg Rooms

May 19, 2016     Debra Levin

The Center for Health Design studied patient rooms in medical/surgical units to identify the top design considerations that should be introduced for improved patient and staff safety. Here’s a look at the top six. 

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Golisano Children’s Layers It On

May 18, 2016     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

The children’s hospital learned from its wayfinding mistakes of the past and turned to its users to help create a cohesive and integrated program for its new facility in Rochester, N.Y.

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FIRST LOOK: Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative

May 6, 2016     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis

See a sneak peek of the replacement site for the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative in Hackensack, N.J., scheduled for completion this fall. 

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All Is Well: Shriners For Children Delivers All Access To Nature

April 27, 2016     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

From ground level to the roof top, the new medical center will provide accessible garden space on every level of the 75,000-square-foot-building when it opens this year in Pasadena, Calif.

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Designing Healthcare Spaces To Support Healthy Lifestyles

April 21, 2016     Deborah Smith

The healthcare built environment is evolving from a place where sickness is treated to a place where health is promoted and wellness is maintained. The solutions being brought to the table by the design community to support that initiative are plentiful, and this latest blog from the AIA-AAH outlines a few worth considering.  

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A Rural Healthcare Roadmap

April 12, 2016     Kirsten Staloch

Critical access hospitals and other remote healthcare sites face unique challenges and provider goals, calling for healthcare spaces that support those needs. A recent research study identifies some proven paths for design.

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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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The Home Stretch: Designing Rehab Centers

March 18, 2016     Sharon Schnall

Well-designed rehabilitation centers provide responsive environments to patients over both short- and long-term stays, re-creating independent living as much as possible to help ease the transition back home.

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Precautionary Tale: A Detailed Approach To Biocontainment Unit Design

February 25, 2016     Patricia A. Lenaghan and Robert D. Counter

The inclusion of frontline staff in the design of Nebraska Medicine’s biocontainment unit—one of the few U.S. facilities to deal firsthand with the 2014 Ebola outbreak—paid off with a space tailored to their needs. Post-activation staff feedback now gives the industry plenty to build on. 

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Five Ways Design Can Make Doctors' Visits Shorter

February 4, 2016     Delia Caldwell and David Martin

Not only do patients appreciate doctors’ visits that get them in and out, but shorter appointments mean providers can see more patients in a day. Design is key to success. Here are a few ideas on how to create spaces that make the average outpatient visit a whole lot faster. 

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Examining The Exam Room: 3 Trends To Watch

February 2, 2016     Christine Guzzo Vickery

The once standardized exam room is evolving to support a lot more than just the patient exam, with three trends influencing the design of this space the most. 

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Alder Hey's Park Place

January 26, 2016     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

The children’s hospital in Liverpool, England, integrates a trio of buildings into its scenic setting to maximize clinic space and bring patients and staff as close to nature as possible.

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