June/July Online Focus: Specialty Hospitals
© Tom Rossiter
Specialty hospital design often takes into account the patient and family journey during stays, providing opportunities for distraction and respite, such as this rooftop garden at The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. For more on the project, click on the link below.
Healthcare Design’s monthly Online Focus feature compiles recent coverage on targeted topics to help readers quickly get up to speed on pressing issues or refresh themselves on latest trends. For June/July, we look at recent coverage of specialty hospitals.
From children’s hospitals to cancer centers to cardiac care facilities, healthcare organizations across the country continue to make investments in buildings that support the treatment of specific patient populations and/or conditions and diseases.
Efforts are often born from the desire to ease the patient journey and consolidate services under one roof, as opposed to approaches of old that required multiple stops across campuses or sites for blood draws, exams, pharmacy pick-ups, imaging, and so on.
Today’s take on specialty medicine also frequently goes a step further—bringing the care directly to the patient, offering the ability to deliver all necessary services during a visit without leaving a specific unit or floor.
For inpatient stays, designers dig deep into the specific needs of patients and visitors in each facility type, understanding challenges and answering those with thoughtful built environment solutions that make time there across days, weeks, and even months more manageable.
Click on the links below to explore recent projects and trend stories that illustrate how healthcare organizations and their design teams are approaching the specialty hospitals of today.
- A Fresh Approach
Entering a new market for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children came with the opportunity to refine existing outpatient operations and create a site-specific design solution.
- PHOTO TOUR: Salem Health Rehabilitation Center
The center serves patients of all ages in a park-like setting and includes an accessible playground.
- FIRST LOOK: University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute
The project combines 12 specialty centers into one location, which specific lighting, color, and layout features designed to address the different needs of patients with neurological disorders.
- PHOTO TOUR: Shriners for Children Medical Center
Opened in June 2017, the three-story outpatient facility combines surgery, clinical, and rehabilitation services into one location in Pasadena, Calif.
- PHOTO TOUR: Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Pine Rest’s new unit is able to serve 1,200 more adolescents and young adults annually, in a facility designed to be welcoming, flexible, therapeutic and safe.
- Natural Wonder
University Hospital HM Nuevo Belen’s natural birth unit in Madrid redefines the hospital birthing experience, earning it IIDA’s first Transformation and Innovation award.
- PHOTO TOUR: The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center
The 381,000-square-foot center brings together rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient surgery, imaging, pain management, and spaces for families and education under one roof.
- Safe Haven: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
A new inpatient unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers a specialized environment for patients with both medical and behavioral health needs.
- PHOTO TOUR: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The newest addition to addiction treatment center Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in St. Paul, Minn., pulls design cues from an 1880s mansion.
- PHOTO TOUR: The Jack Byrne Center For Palliative And Hospice Care
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System has added a 12-room facility to its Lebanon, N.H., campus, featuring private rooms with outdoor balconies, respite and therapeutic spaces, and a residential-style kitchen.
- PHOTO TOUR: The Birth Place At Olathe Medical Center
Olathe Medical Center’s new 109,000-square-foot, four-story obstetrics wing delivers a new birth experience to parents.
- PHOTO TOUR: Cedimat Cardiovascular Center
Cedimat Cardiovascular Center is part of the Plaza de la Salud Juan Manuel Taveras medical campus in the Dominican Republic. The center is an eight-floor, 322,917-square-foot, 180-bed facility divided between medical building and services.
- FIRST LOOK: Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
As its patient population grows, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston is extending its services out into the suburbs with the new Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
- PHOTO TOUR: West Cancer Center
A three-story atrium, art and natural light create a sense of calm in this multidisciplinary approach to cancer care.