Rooms and Workspaces

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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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Tips To Reduce MRI Noise And Vibration In Healthcare Environments

August 24, 2015     Benjamin Davenny

The surfaces surrounding an MRI can contribute to the noise the machine creates, but they can also work to diminish it. Here are some ways to help keep the peace.

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Rewriting The Playbook: James Cancer Hospital

August 17, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

After planning and designing the new 19-story James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, leadership decided to add a second-floor radiation oncology unit—and that’s just one of the mid-project game-changers undertaken during this $750 million project.

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Designing Obstetrics Spaces For The 30-something Mom

August 14, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

More and more women are waiting longer to have children, requiring healthcare providers to up the ante aesthetically in birthing spaces while also supporting more complex services. 

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Does The Decentralized Nursing Model Deliver?

August 6, 2015     Debajyoti Pati and Pamela Redden

After more than a decade of industry adoption, it may be time to look back before navigating ahead.

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Little Things: Designing For Labor, Delivery, And Beyond

July 31, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

Hospitals and health systems around the country are investing capital dollars in the birth experience, from creating standalone birth centers to renovating obstetrics units, all in an effort to get the details right for that special day—and, hopefully, inspire lifelong relationships along the way.

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NICU Simulation Lab Sees Continuous Improvement

July 24, 2015     Tammy Smith Thompson

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design’s 2013 design competition to improve the NICU environment is reaching the final installment of its resulting simulation lab, with plenty learned along the way from the industry members and other stakeholders who have weighed in on iterations of its design. Here’s some of what was learned along the way.

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A Fresh Look At Pediatric Oncology, Behavioral Health Spaces

July 9, 2015     Tammy Smith Thompson

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design launches a new behavioral health design competition, as last year’s winning pediatric oncology care submission progresses toward becoming a real-life learning lab. 

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What’s The Best Nurses’ Station Design For Psychiatric Hospitals?

July 1, 2015     Jeffrey R. Mural

Balancing staff safety and the humane treatment of patients in behavioral healthcare facilities is often difficult when designing the nurses’ station. But options are available. Here are tips on how to figure out which one is right for your space.

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Collaboration Is Key In Swedish NICU Design

June 23, 2015     Gloria Cornell

On the third and final leg of my journey, I visited Stockholm—the heart of some of the most extensive NICU research in the world.

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The Case For Patient Room Standardization

June 18, 2015     Jim Atkinson

Although it may be tempting for providers to pursue specialized patient rooms for specific populations, creating inpatient spaces that can accommodate multiple models of care will pay off in the long run.

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UCSF Medical Center At Mission Bay Houses Three Hospitals In One

June 11, 2015     Margie Monin Dombrowski
The new San Francisco campus centralizes UCSF’s core service lines and expands outpatient offerings with the construction of three distinct hospitals under one roof, improving collaboration and resource sharing.
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Here Come The Millennials: Healthcare Work Environments For A New Generation

June 11, 2015     Christine Hester Devens

With a physician shortage looming, the next generation of caregivers to attract is the Millennials, steeped in technology, insistent on collaboration, and expecting a work-life balance. So how can we design healthcare spaces to recruit this talent? Here are a few ideas.

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Good Taste: Designing Healthcare Dining Spaces

June 8, 2015     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
To answer providers’ needs to bolster family and staff satisfaction, designers are stepping up dining areas by enhancing efficiencies, workflow, and choice, complemented by hospitality-inspired touches.
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Rethinking How Design Supports The Healthcare D-Suite

June 8, 2015     Terry Thurston

A traditional solution for middle management office space in hospitals is to assign them by department, separating director-level staff from their peers. In an era of increased focus on collaboration in care delivery, might there be a benefit to going in a new direction?

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