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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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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: 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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Best of 2014: Modular Construction Delivers Flexibility To Healthcare

December 19, 2014     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett

Breaking out beyond smaller healthcare projects, modular construction is being sought out for its speed to market, quality control, and efficiency.

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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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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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Healthcare Design Pulse: Cutting-Edge Emergency Departments

December 9, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
A roundup of the best, most interesting, and/or most innovative designs and trends we're seeing right now.
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St. Jude Medical Center Tower Completed

December 5, 2014     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

Construction of the $228 million healthcare facility wrapped up five months early and included a 200,000-square-foot acute care building and a 14,000-square-foot central utility plant.

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8 Benefits Of BIM In Healthcare Design

December 3, 2014     Karen M. Kensek
Building Information Modeling can be an asset in many ways, including in the managing and implementation of complex projects, coordination with state agencies, and earlier detection of problems.
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Palomar Medical Center: Two Years Later

December 2, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

After two tumultuous years of operation, Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif., still offers positive lessons in patient-centered and staff-supportive design, as seen in a facility tour during the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference.

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FIRST LOOK: Fifth XiangYa Hospital

December 2, 2014     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
The new Fifth XiangYa Hospital in Changsha, China, is designed to showcase its mountain park surroundings and provide multiple access points to nature.
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PHOTO TOUR: St. Joseph Internal Medicine MOB

November 25, 2014     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through St. Joseph Internal Medicine’s new MOB in Bangor, Maine, opened in October 2014.
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