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Joe Doherty

I have over 20 years of experience in architecture with a focused expertise in behavioral health in my time with Array. I have extensive experience in facilitating renovations, additions and major, multimillion dollar projects.
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IPD: Long-Term Consistency Across Teams and Health System Campuses

Posted by Joe Doherty on Mar 17, 2016 at 12:30 PM

The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach joins the owner, architect and contractor into a single collaborative team. Ideally, this approach will optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste and maximize team efficiency.

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Topics: behavioral healthcare, integrated project delivery

Revisions to the 2014 Guidelines for Psychiatric Hospitals

Posted by Joe Doherty on Dec 08, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Several changes to the 2014 FGI Guidelines affect the physical space for behavior health spaces in stand-alone centers and in-hospital behavioral health units.

Section 2.5–2.2 General Psychiatric Units was altered this year to add the requirement for a sally port in a locked unit at the primary entrance. The FGI guidelines define “sally port” in the in the appendix as “the space between two lock doors that must be traverse to enter the unit.” The doors must be unlocked in sequence to reduce the risk of flight. When renovating existing space with varied existing condition, this requirement may be more difficult. When overlaying the requirements for handicapped accessibility, a sally port becomes quite large. 

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Topics: behavioral health, facilities guidelines institute, guidelines

Simple and Elegant Solutions for Behavioral Healthcare

Posted by Joe Doherty on Sep 09, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Featured in Behavioral Healthcare, July 2014.

The design solutions for behavioral health facilities often requires unique innovations for common problems faced by caregivers on a daily basis. The best solutions are often the ones that are simple, elegant and, above all, durable.

Patient Belongings

A common problem we hear from our behavioral health clients is that patients come to the facility for treatment with luggage, knapsacks and a lot of their possessions. These items and other contraband must be stored somewhere within the facility and accessible to staff, but out of the patients’ reach. These items are often bulky and facilities often don't have adequate and accessible storage. Storage for patient belongings is often a luxury rather than a requirement for facilities that are out of space. Patient storage often gets relegated to the soiled utility room or a closet off the Unit, making it hard for the staff to track which items belong to which patients.

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Topics: behavioral health, antiligature

How the Proposed Revisions to the 2014 FGI Guidelines Will Affect Behavioral Health

Posted by Joe Doherty on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Many of the changes to Chapter 2.5 for the design of Psychiatric Facilities are benign.There are a few subtle wording changes that do affect the meaning of the sections of the Guidelines they alter, and there are a few proposed revisions that will affect the construction and operating costs of new facilities.

The most prominent change in the 2014 guideline that applies to Behavioral Health is the introduction of section 2.5 – 3.5 on Electroconvulsive Therapy Facilities (ECT). This requirement is the first time ECT appears in the Guidelines and for the first time helps define the program and area requirements for ECT treatment and recovery. Many of the requirements included in this section are just good practice.

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Topics: architecture, Joe Doherty, FGI, ACA, Array, behavioral healthcare, hospitals, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design

Proper Materials for Risk Reduction in Behavioral Healthcare Facilities

Posted by Joe Doherty on Jun 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM

When conceptualizing the design or renovation of a behavioral healthcare facility, it’s important to institute features and materials that are conducive to privacy and personal dignity.Maintaining a safe environment with a strong foundation of safety hardware and fixtures should be a strong consideration. While seemingly obvious ideas, they could very well save the lives of the facility’s inhabitants. Consider the following design choices when planning a behavioral healthcare facility:

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Topics: risk reduction, architecture, Joe Doherty, specialty architecture, healthcare design, Array, renovation, behavioral healthcare, antiligature, hospitals, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, array architects