Research, Theory


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.


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.


Building A Better Board

July 9, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

With more representation from the industry, Healthcare Design can serve the industry even better.


Why Replication Matters In Healthcare Design Research

June 29, 2015     Ellen Taylor

We all like to get a big bang for our buck when it comes to doling out funds for healthcare design research studies, but sometimes efforts that are a bit more unassuming are the ones that make all the difference.


Improving Hospital Ecosystems With Bioinformed Design

June 2, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

Research indicates that efforts to create an ultra-clean patient environment may actually be removing ecosystems that can help patients heal, calling for a new paradigm in how hospitals are designed and maintained.


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.


Collaboration Via Research At The New Parkland

May 8, 2015     Gena English and Kathy Harper
Parkland Health & Hospital System encouraged partners on its new Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas to conduct research during the project. Here are the lessons learned along the way.

Prescriptive Design: POE Measures Success Of VA Pharmacy Renovation

April 30, 2015     Elizabeth Stanberry, Mary Therese Hankinson, and Ellen Taylor
A VA pharmacy in New Jersey was redesigned with an eye on much more than aesthetics, creating operational efficiencies to solve patient satisfaction and workflow challenges. The results of a POE shed light on what worked and where additional improvements might be made.

Research Weighs Effects Of Healthcare Workspaces On Team-based Care

April 22, 2015     Jennifer DuBose and Ross Westlake
For many providers, the solution to population health management is a shift to coordinated, team-based care in an open work environment. A literature review and real-world observations evaluate models in use and effects on staff communication and collaboration.

In His Own Words: The HCD 10’s David Grandy

April 16, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
This is the fourth installment of our HCD 10 podcast series, featuring an interview with HDR’s David Grandy, this year’s rising star winner. Check back each week for more installments.

What’s The Value of Research In The Creative Design Process?

April 15, 2015     Sheila Elijah-Barnwell

While a fear exists that relying too greatly on research might trivialize the role of the designer in creating healthcare spaces, findings also provide evidence that can be interpreted and applied to designs in any number of ways.


PHOTO TOUR: University of North Carolina’s Marsico Hall

April 10, 2015     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Take a visual walk through the new research facility on University of North Carolina’s Medical Campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., opened in the fall of 2014.

Design And Patient Satisfaction: One Study’s Misconstrued Message

March 2, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

Last week, headlines proclaimed that a new study showed that facility design has little effect on patient satisfaction—but the details of the study suggest otherwise. 


Time And Space: An Interview With Jain Malkin

February 24, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Space planning and healthcare interior design have come a long way in 40 years, and veteran designer Jain Malkin has tracked their progress through four editions of "Medical and Dental Space Planning." Here, the author weighs in on the future of healthcare interiors.

Nailing Net Zero: Gundersen Health System

February 11, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Gundersen Health System’s new Legacy Building is the most prominent piece of its ongoing campus renewal project in La Crosse, Wis., incorporating aggressive energy goals, improving operations and patient/staff experience, and tying design into a scenic Mississippi River setting.
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