Perkins+Will’s senior medical planner and Lean clinical operations specialist talks about moving from clinician to medical planner, her desire to makeover behavioral health rooms in the ED, and being open to change in healthcare design.
Cooper University Hospital reviewed the workings of its existing medical/surgical units to fuel new ideas and approaches to nursing stations, in-room computer stations, and collaboration spaces for two new floors at the Roberts Pavilion.
These units have to do a lot of heavy lifting in today’s hospital environment, calling for designers to rethink existing models to better facilitate team-based care, streamline operations, and provide future flexibility.
In light of rising water and sewage rates, changing regulations, and the increasing occurrence of extreme weather conditions, healthcare facilities are exploring new ways to reduce their water consumption.
Community-inspired aesthetics and indoor/outdoor connections were on display in this year’s Healthcare Design Showcase, but jurors are still looking for more solutions on staff spaces and places where families and care teams can collaborate.
Newly adopted codes require that new buildings must have an outside window or outside door in every sleeping room, with a sill height no higher than 36 inches above the floor. But what does this mean for short-stay units?