Jon Sell

After earning my bachelor degree in Architecture from Temple University, I joined Array and have spent the majority of my architecture career as a design-oriented healthcare planner. I have developed specific expertise in the planning and design of large-scale Greenfield facility projects – including those dedicated to behavioral health and physical rehabilitation.

Recent Posts

Converting a Med/Surg Unit to Suit Behavioral Health Standards

Posted by Jon Sell on Jan 20, 2017 at 3:04 PM

As part of a multi-site Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) for Mercy Health, Array converted a shuttered med/surg floor at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky. This project was not without the inherent challenges of making a non-behavioral health space compliant, safe and comfortable for patients and staff. What made it rewarding was the cooperative effort of the design team to make this renovated space as ideal a setting as the other BHI endeavors for Mercy (Batavia and Oregon, OH), which included new construction and a larger footprint.

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Topics: patient environment, case study, behavioral design

North Shore Zucker Hillside Hospital Behavioral Health Video Series

Posted by Jon Sell on Jan 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Array collaborated closely with clinicians on the design of the new Zucker Hillside Hospital, opened in January 2013. The spatial organization supports each patient’s clinical, emotional and physical needs and provides a safe and efficient facility allowing caregivers to deliver healthcare in a compassionate and comforting environment.

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Topics: zucker, architecture, ebd, evidence based design, SherriBowman, behavioral health, healthcare design, interior design, behavioral healthcare, JonSell, architects, interior architecture, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, array architects

Creating flexibility and Durability for Behavioral Health

Posted by Jon Sell on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:19 AM

Published in Behavioral Healthcare, December 2013

For healthcare facility designers, flexibility has become a driving demand.Healthcare leaders find it hard to predict, with the coming changes in healthcare reform, how facilities can best respond to new paradigms for reimbursement and patient care.This is particularly true for behavioral health facilities.

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Topics: architecture, behavioral health, interior design, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, Healing Environment

A Salutogenic Approach to Designing Behavioral Health Facilities

Posted by Jon Sell on Sep 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Salutogenesis is a term coined by Aaron Antonovsky, a professor of medical sociology and is derived from a mix of Greek and Latin that roughly translates to “health origins” and describes an approach focusing on factors that support human healthand well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease. More specifically, the "salutogenic model" is concerned with the relationship between health, stress, and coping.

Today, there is a growing movement within the healthcare industry to incorporate Antonovsky’s salutogenic principles into the world of design. Indeed, salutogenic design is already being used to construct many of the world’s most modern hospitals. Simply put, salutogenic design aims to build structures that make people healthier and happier.

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Topics: planning, architecture, healthcare design, behavioral healthcare, continuous improvement, hospital design, Healing Environment

Lean Applied to Designing a Dialysis Unit

Posted by Jon Sell on Oct 17, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Recently engaged to design a new Dialysis Unit for a large New York City Hospital, Array approached the client to see if they would be open to us observing clinicians in the workspace to gain an understanding of how they deliver care,with a particular focus on the patient turnover process from an outpatient to inpatient shift.

Understanding how the client operates is an important first step that healthcare designers need to accomplish prior to designing a space that can support their workflow and processes. In many cases, the results are eye opening for both the designer and client and the insights gained will inform the design and possibly the way clinicians do their work.

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Topics: ideal state, future state mapping, architecture, lean, healthcare design, interior design, ACA, Array, JonSell, hospitals, dialysis, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design