Rooms and Workspaces

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Staff Support: Designing Optimal Healthcare Work Environments

July 21, 2014     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
From supportive staff workspaces to on-site fitness centers to business-class lounges, hospitals are responding to employee needs—by design.
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Mercy Health Goes Bold And Beautiful

July 16, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Faced with a challenging site, the design team behind the new Mercy Health West hospital in Cincinnati maximized the location to create innovative design solutions—inside and out.
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Patient Bathroom Designs Balance Style And Safety

June 25, 2014     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
Design directives inspiring today’s patient bathrooms put safety first but incorporate hospitality touches, too, leaving designers with plenty of options to consider and pursue.
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Dell Children’s Pathway To Platinum

June 11, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The hospital’s new bed tower pushes its tradition of sustainable design forward in water and energy conservation and healthy materials sourcing.
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PHOTO TOUR: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center OR 360

May 30, 2014     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Take a visual walk through the simulation center and OR suite in Los Angeles, completed in August 2013.
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Increasing Patient Satisfaction By Decreasing Patient Room Size

May 12, 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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Boomer Nation: Applying Generational Research To Design Approaches

May 8, 2014     Gary Vance
While not a lot of research exists specifically on designing for baby boomers, there’s plenty of information available on the generation in general that can be used to shape the design of healthcare spaces to support the aging population.
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Therapy By Design

May 7, 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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One Step At A Time: Phasing Pays Off In Healthcare Renovations

May 5, 2014     Jim Bell
A phased renovation carried out through integrated project delivery streamlined the rooftop expansion of a certified joint center at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn.
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Hospice Centers Provide Patients, Families With Home Away From Home

April 28, 2014     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
Residential-style interiors, ample amenities, and generous family accommodations are defining today’s hospice facilities.
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Camp Pendleton Replacement Hospital Mirrors Military Traditions

April 25, 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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Tipping Point Of Sustainable Design

April 18, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Energy efficient, low-VOC, and LEED—these are all part of the growing green vernacular in healthcare design. So when will green buildings be the norm?
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Proving ROI On Healthcare Design

April 15, 2014     Ellen Taylor
Presenting a business case to justify proposed design interventions in healthcare facilities can be challenging, but there are plenty of approaches to take to support an investment.
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Operations Commissioning: Putting New Healthcare Buildings To The Test

April 8, 2014     Kathy Reno and David Grazman
In the same way that commissioning ensures building systems were installed properly and will perform as expected, clinical operations commissioning assesses building workflows created by a new space to ensure staff is ready to accept patients in it.
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Full Immersion: Learning The Impact Of Design Firsthand

March 25, 2014     Christine Guzzo Vickery
A healthcare designer shares the pros and cons that he noted after becoming a patient in a bed tower he designed a decade ago.
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