Safety by Design

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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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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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Is Designing For Resiliency The New Normal?

June 11, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

The effects of climate change and extreme weather events aren't just a concern for hospitals in traditionally high-risk areas anymore. Perkins+Will's Robin Guenther explains why more healthcare facilities should be assessing their vulnerabilities and adapting their designs.

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Making Room For Isolation Patients

June 10, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
As Texas Children’s adds an isolation unit prepared to serve kids with a variety of infectious diseases, including Ebola, it faces the design challenge of building in flexibility for use by non-isolation patients, as well.
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If These Walls Could Heal

May 28, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Recent studies and real-world room designs, described at the Healthcare Design Academy in Houston, aim to take HAI prevention to the next level.

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The Evolution Of Healthcare Design Interiors

April 24, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Healthcare interiors have come a long way from the days when the words “design” and “hospital” were rarely used in the same sentence

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PHOTO TOUR: Seattle Children’s Hospital Psychiatry And Behavioral Medicine Unit

April 17, 2015     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Take a visual walk through the new children’s program in Seattle, opened in fall 2014.
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Understanding Aging To Create Senior-Friendly Healthcare Spaces

April 1, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
There’s little evidence-based design research that sheds lights on what environments will promote positive outcomes for senior patients, specifically. Yet there’s plenty of information available on the physical effects of aging that can shape successful care spaces to support those 65 and older during their hospital stays.
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Take 5 With Laura Poltronieri

March 31, 2015     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The principal with Poltronieri Tang & Associates discusses the top five trends and issues getting her attention right now.
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Take 5 With Jennifer Aliber

March 13, 2015     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The principal at Shepley Bulfinch discusses the top five trends and issues getting her attention right now.
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Designing For The Generational Shift

Center for Addiction and Mental Health designed by Stantec and C4 Architects
March 10, 2015     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
Older patients have always been among the most frequent users of healthcare services. But as baby boomers continue to age, the number of seniors entering acute care facilities is skyrocketing, pushing providers and designers to create spaces that support their outcomes and satisfaction.
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Hope House: A Stepping Stone For Behavioral Health Patients

February 18, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The 6,859-square-foot, 16-bed crisis residential facility in California provides a option for patients in need of transitional housing.
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