Architecture

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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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How To Determine If An Inpatient-to-Outpatient Conversion Will Work

January 28, 2015     Gary L. Vance

As healthcare trends more and more to outpatient services in lieu of inpatient care, healthcare organizations are exploring whether to build new or transition existing spaces. But how do you know if a building is a fit for conversion? Using an existing facility assessment to rate criteria and score feasibility will help the decision-making process.

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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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PHOTO TOUR: Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, Harrogate District Hospital

January 23, 2015     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Take a visual walk through the new outpatient oncology center in Harrogate, England, opened in October 2014.
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Why Walmart Is Getting Healthcare Right

January 20, 2015     Jim Atkinson

With retail giants becoming major players in the primary care market, there’s plenty for traditional healthcare providers to learn from them when it comes to the planning, design, and operation of their facilities.

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Assembling The Right Team To Create A Functional Program

January 14, 2015     Alberto Salvatore

To avoid a siloed approach to creating the document that will shape any healthcare design project, consider all of the players involved in creating the total environment of care and the unique role they might play in the functional program.

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PHOTO TOUR: Bloor West Dental Group

January 12, 2015     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through the Bloor West Dental Group offices in Toronto, opened December 2013.
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What The Functional Program Is And Why It Matters

January 12, 2015     Alberto Salvatore

Architects aren’t traditionally part of the functional programming process for a new healthcare project. But in order to achieve a holistic design that addresses all aspects of the built environment and the effects it will have on those who will use it; it might be time that designers have a seat at the table.

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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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Finding Friendship Through Architecture

January 7, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

Cleveland Clinic’s Randy Geise and 13-year-old patient Brendan Watson share an interest in campus buildings, 3-D models, and knock-knock jokes. Their story is a reminder that design ideas—as well as friendships—can be found in unexpected places.

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Creating Healthcare Environments That Improve Health

January 5, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

For years, healthcare designers have worked to create spaces that promote healing. But in an age where health and wellness are at the forefront of medicine, what about designing environments that actually improve health? Here are a few ideas.

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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: Designing For The Patient Experience

December 26, 2014     Sheila F. Cahnman

As providers face reimbursements tied to patient satisfaction scores, the role that the built environment can play in improving experiences—from reducing noise to improving communication—is taking on new importance.

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