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From Mowing the Lawn to Designing Hospitals

Posted by Guest Contributor on Nov 07, 2016 at 1:05 PM

I know what you’re thinking, how did mowing the lawn lead to me designing hospitals?

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Topics: healthcare design, patient experience

Unifying and Improving a Health System – Protect the Client

Posted by Guest Contributor on Sep 12, 2016 at 1:30 PM

In an effort to provide a full spectrum of health services to each of its communities, Mercy Health System identified Behavioral Health as a priority service line for improvement. As mentioned in the previous post, the System sought to bring parity to their hospitals and redesign their behavioral health services system-wide.

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Topics: behavioral health, cost reduction strategies, bulk purchasing

Keep on Swimming: An Artist’s Journey to Public Space Mural Design

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jul 01, 2016 at 1:47 PM

As an artist, photographer and designer for 35+ years, I’ve developed a broad range of creative skills across multiple media for a variety of healthcare, educational, informational, corporate and institutional venues. The culmination of my experiences has led me, for the past 10 years, to focus on large-format, public-space printed murals in healthcare settings.

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Topics: art and healing, environmental graphic design, Kimak Design

Working with Community Groups to Grow the Next Generation

Posted by Guest Contributor on Apr 27, 2016 at 10:47 AM

Array launched a firm-wide community support initiative with employees giving back in their neighborhoods. As healthcare-focused architects and designers, our finished product not only benefits the client, but also the people who walk in and out of the clients' doors – our community. Naturally, we are able to identify with how important it is to give back – it's something we're aware of daily as part of our jobs. Company leaders have the ability to empower their eomployees to encourage social change. Array has chosen to do so by supporting organizations that encourage and inspire our communities.

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Topics: volunteer, fresh air fund

Environmental Graphics Add Permanent Fixture in Pediatric Rooms

Posted by Guest Contributor on Apr 19, 2016 at 6:48 AM

Assisting with the environmental graphics for NewYork Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City has been one of my most rewarding endeavors at Array. When approached to contribute to a pediatrics project, I was excited to know that my creativity would positively affect young patients, their families and the staff who work in the pediatric intensive care unit.

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Topics: environmental graphic design, literary theme, patient board

Design Thinking: 3 Techniques for Design Innovation

Posted by Guest Contributor on Mar 23, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Pat Malick, Array's Interior Design Practice Leader, and one of the firm's founders, co-authored this blog with Gray Garmon, a former Array employee who has become a faculty member at Southern Methodist University.

Based on my independent design work during graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, I taught Design Thinking as a problem-solving and innovation tool to non-designers to build their own creative confidence and develop tools for designing innovative solutions in their organizations. Companies worldwide are incorporating this human-centered exploration into their business practices. It is an action-oriented process that uses empathy, ideation, prototyping and rapid testing to understand human needs, and through this exploration, design better solutions to meet those needs.

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Topics: design thinking

Observation Units Can Relieve the Emergency Department's Burden

Posted by Guest Contributor on Oct 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

As Emergency Departments (EDs) across the country are facing space, resource and staffing shortages, health systems are building Clinical Decision Units, or Observation Units, to help alleviate these stresses. Observation Units provide treatment and monitoring for patients who need further evaluation to determine whether they meet admission criteria. With Observation Units joining EDs, inpatient hospitalization rates are likely to decline as the healthcare industry reacts to new admission regulations required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Topics: guidelines, observation unit, two midnight rule, emergency department overcrowding

Virtual Reality in Architecture

Posted by Guest Contributor on Sep 02, 2015 at 11:40 AM

The impact technology has on society is blatant and prevalent. From the first computer to wearable tech, society has evolved alongside technological advancements. The way people interact with each other is constantly changing. Information is available at the touch of a button – anywhere with satellite, cellular or internet signal – via smart devices, such as phones and watches, tablets, laptops, computers and even refrigerators. With the advancement of virtual reality (VR) technology, products like Google Glass and Oculus Rift are changing the way people view and interact with their environments.

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Topics: technology, adaptability

Home is Where the Art Is

Posted by Guest Contributor on Aug 07, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Relaxing. Soothing. Welcoming. These words are more often used to describe an ideal home than they are a hospital. However, when you are tasked with designing a long-term healthcare facility, with stays of up to five to 10 years, incorporating elements of the home is essential to make residents more comfortable – comfort being a vital part of their long-term care.

This is where art comes in. It is embedded in healthcare facilities across the nation, and for good reason: incorporating positive, visual distractions can mitigate pain and anxiety, giving an environment a healing quality. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before my work as a healthcare architect would include an enhancing our designs with curated art. This opportunity came when Array was designing the Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility in New York, NY, during which my job as an architect transformed to art curator.

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Topics: art and healthcare, patient environment, Healing Environment, artwork

Optimize Functionality, Reduce Cost Using a Mock-Up Room

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jul 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Healthcare architecture tends to create repetitive spaces, so it is important to get them right. Whether it is 40 prep/recovery spaces, a greenfield hospital with 700 new patient rooms, or a doctor’s clinic with six exam rooms, we design these spaces to offer similar area and amenities from space to like space. Misunderstandings in the design can grow exponentially since they involve multiple rooms of the same type.

Before beginning construction, it is helpful to create a mock-up room that gives physical life to these spaces. The opportunity for physicians and clinical staff to understand their space three-dimensionally provides valuable, often-missed insight. Utilizing mock-ups is a good idea, though often overlooked, especially when the client is in a rush to enter the marketplace. So what’s the big deal with creating mock-ups? They create opportunities to validate the design that would otherwise be missed.

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Topics: healthcare design, mock-ups, cost reduction strategies