Columbus Regional Health in Columbus, Ind., sought to bring its patients and local community offerings well beyond traditional medical care. The result is WellConnect, a facility that houses a number of services aimed at keeping people well, from yoga classes to primary care referrals.
The healthcare practice leader at Perkins+Will’s San Francisco office discusses the evolution of wellness and sustainable healthcare design, the need for outcome-based codes, and why we need to start think beyond buildings to create healthcare districts.
The healthcare built environment is evolving from a place where sickness is treated to a place where health is promoted and wellness is maintained. The solutions being brought to the table by the design community to support that initiative are plentiful, and this latest blog from the AIA-AAH outlines a few worth considering.
Critical access hospitals and other remote healthcare sites face unique challenges and provider goals, calling for healthcare spaces that support those needs. A recent research study identifies some proven paths for design.
Rehabilitation patients are often challenged by what were once routine movements, such as traversing an incline or stepping up onto a curve. To help ease their transition from hospital to home, facilities are designing terrain parks and agility courses that challenge and help patients regain independence.
Rehabilitation treatment is a growing healthcare sector, with several market conditions— from baby boomers’ needs to fitness trends to the Affordable Care Act—shaping the facilities of today and tomorrow.
Healthcare and politics have long been intertwined. Lessons learned from how government interventions affected care delivery in the past can help designers anticipate how best to create clinical care environments that respond to this current wave of reform.