Rooms and Workspaces

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Designing More Efficient Critical Access Hospitals

January 28, 2015     John W. Andrews and Jeff S. Monzu
Critical access hospitals face a number of financial challenges not seen by larger urban counterparts, calling for creative design solutions that maximize operational efficiencies and rein in costs.
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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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5 Ways Healthcare Design Must Change

January 26, 2015     Dennis Kaiser

Healthcare is evolving, with a heightened focus on greater efficiency and higher quality of care. This shift is requiring healthcare design to evolve, too. Here are five ways to rethink the way built environments are created and what they need to achieve.

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Moving Beyond Traditional Staff Workplaces In Healthcare

January 12, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The University of Minnesota Ambulatory Care Center turned to collaboration and touchdown spaces to give staff a variety of work options while fostering interaction and a team approach to care at its new ambulatory center.
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A New Front Door: Upgrading the ED

January 8, 2015     Douglas Banks and Nathan Murray

A number of healthcare market conditions are inspiring providers and their design teams to take a fresh look at the emergency department, with a few strategies emerging to bring new life to the space and make a lasting impression.

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Moving VA Healthcare Forward

West Haven campus, VA Connecticut Healthcare System.
December 30, 2014     Jim Bell
It’s been a tough year for the Department of Veterans Affairs when it comes to healthcare construction projects. And despite bad press for the beleaguered state of VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s West Haven, Conn., campus, progress is being made to provide a better care environment for the state’s veterans.
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Best Of 2014: Therapy By Design

December 26, 2014     Gerri Cote

The belief that the built environment plays a critical role in shaping outcomes for behavioral health patients inspired a series of interiors projects at Vermont’s Brattleboro Retreat.

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Best Of 2014: Room For Improvement: Patient Room Special Report

December 24, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
Healthcare Design's special report on patient room design digs into the challenges pressing the need for patient room innovation, the solutions that have been brought to the table so far, and what’s emerging on the design horizon. Click here to read the full report.
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Best Of 2014: Rethinking The Emergency Department

December 23, 2014     John F. Wheary

An innovative renovation of Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg’s emergency department manages patient volumes and improves performance.

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Best Of 2014: Camp Pendleton Replacement Hospital Mirrors Military Traditions

December 23, 2014     Sara O. Marberry

Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, completed in November 2013, reflects the ideals of the patients it serves and raises the bar for military healthcare facility design.

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Ebola Inspires Healthcare Facility Contingency Plan

December 18, 2014     Sheila F. Cahnman
Recent Ebola cases in the U.S. have placed a spotlight on the scarcity of facilities prepared to treat patients suffering from infectious diseases and the importance of designing healthcare spaces for the worst-case scenario.
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Best of 2014: Increasing Patient Satisfaction By Decreasing Patient Room Size

December 18, 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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Best Of 2014: How To Design A ‘Smart’ Hospital

December 17, 2014     Evan Weremeychik

To support care delivery today and tomorrow, technology integration must be a major piece of any new facility project. A new endocrinology center in the works offers insight into the art of creating a technologically advanced hospital.

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Healthcare-associated Infections Keep Industry On High Alert

December 16, 2014     Sara O. Marberry
Hospitals and health systems are charged to reduce healthcare-associated infections and the tens of thousands of deaths they cause each year, inspiring design solutions to help combat the mounting epidemic.
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Design Strategies For Today’s Emergency Departments

December 8, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The ability to process, evaluate, and treat patients as quickly as possible will always be key in the emergency department, with new design strategies being put in place to create a more effective, pleasing, and speedy experience.
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