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Lisa Lipschutz

I am a principal at Array Architects approaching 30 years with an exclusive healthcare design focus. I earned both my bachelor and master degrees in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Four Parts of the Pediatric Inpatient Unit of the Future: Part 1

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Dec 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM

There are unique aspects to healthcare design, pediatric design and in particular, the design of world-class academic institutions in urban environments. In the past, I’ve discussed my top 10 list for pediatric waiting room design. Pediatric inpatient units of the future must not only respond to known, documented evidence-based design attributes, but planning considerations and design must be visionary in response to a rapidly changing future.

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Topics: technology, pediatrics, inpatient unit

The Optimal Nursing Unit Size and Configuration

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Sep 02, 2016 at 8:00 AM

There are many factors to consider when evaluating medical/surgical (med/surg) nursing unit size and configuration, including the number of beds per unit; staffing levels; patient acuity levels; centralized or decentralized nursing strategies; same-handed configuration; toilet room location and size; and support space location.

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Topics: patient experience, Nursing Unit

Top 10 Considerations for Designing a Pediatric Waiting Room

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Nov 18, 2015 at 7:10 AM

Featured in FacilityCare, October 2015.

The design of pediatric healthcare facilities presents a myriad of design considerations and opportunities beyond those addressed in the adult realm. Today’s clinical modalities can be frightening. The institutional hospital environment can be intimidating to both young patients and their families. The pediatric patient’s needs and perceptions, as they relate to the delivery of healthcare in the clinical environment, require a unique design sensitivity that comes with experience and expertise. 

The waiting environment is a point of first impression. While the goal is to minimize waiting, it is important to provide an orderly, clean and calm yet engaging environment and to design a space that is both adaptable and comfortable. Many factors go into planning and designing a pediatric waiting room. These are my top ten.

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Topics: pediatrics, design approach, waiting rooms

Ambulatory Care Centers - Digestive Health

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Jun 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM

A result of reform, research and technology, the healthcare industry is rapidly changing, with the common goal to improve population health. While individual choices, corporate behavior and environment influence one’s health, healthcare entities have a significant role in the management of their communities’ health. Investing in health and wellness can save money in the long run. Education and outreach enable individuals to understand the impact of personal choices. Early diagnosis and treatment, as well as chronic disease management, are less costly than treatment of advanced disease. These initiatives are augmenting the trend toward care provided in an acute care environment – in outpatient facilities today and, perhaps, with virtual visits in the future.

As our healthcare system continues to evolve into an ambulatory-oriented and patient-centric model of care, it is becoming more common to see the development of multi-disciplinary practice sites. These care centers can create a competitive edge for healthcare organizations and can improve provider satisfaction while, most importantly, benefiting patients. Such practice sites support a team-based approach among healthcare workers of varying disciplines working side-by-side to provide specific services to patients based on their needs and a provider’s area of expertise.

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Topics: communication, ambulatory care, pediatrics, patient environment, population health management

Healthcare for Women Veterans - an Emerging Market

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Jun 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

The Veterans Administration (VA) has recognized the importance of providing female-specific services and has embarked on a national initiative to invest in VA Women’s Health Services. Their Mission is to “address the healthcare needs of female veterans and ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive healthcare services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide.” In addition to primary and gynecological care, sites may also provide outpatient and specialty care as well as mental health services. Each center is led by a Program Manager to assist women and help coordinate their care.  

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Topics: Lisa Lipschutz, ambulatory care, healthcare design, women, continuous improvement, womens healthcare

The Emphasis on Women’s Health in Today’s World

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Feb 18, 2014 at 5:26 AM

Women’s health matters and the facilities that support the delivery of women’s services impact the care and results. I have a passion for women’s health having worked on the majority of Array’s women’s projects over the course of my 30-year career.I have both personally and professionally witnessed the evolution from the traditional, multi-room delivery process to single room, family centered care. I have also enthusiastically seen the application of these family-centered values to all aspects of inpatient care. And, consistent with population trends, I recognize the benefit of a women-centered approach to non-obstetrical women’s services. Women have unique needs and with new policies governing family planning and reproductive health, our health systems have been paying close attention and anticipating the potential increase in access to care.

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Topics: Lisa Lipschutz, children, healthcare design, women, women & children, continuous improvement, healthcare, advisory services, hospital design, Healing Environment

Deciphering Designers’ “Alphabet Soup”

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Jan 29, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Published by Facility Care, November 14, 2013

We all know what MD and PhD stand for after someone’s name. Have you ever wondered what the initials behind your architect’s or interior designer’s name mean? It may be important for your next project, as some designations indicate specialized knowledge regarding healthcare design.

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Topics: architecture, affiliation, licenses, interior design, continuous improvement

Creating a "Roadmap" for Facility Upgrades

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on May 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I am proud to have spent my career focused on healthcare architecture. Not only does the specialty move me as a planner and designer; it has great relevance in the world today.

You can’t read a newspaper or listen to the news without hearing something about healthcare. Whether it is an incredible advance in research, the impact of lifestyle on healthcare costs or the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, I have a deep appreciation for the challenges facing us a nation and the daily challenges my clients face. Practicing for 30 years, I have witnessed the transformation of our industry on many levels. The era of pass-through costs is eroding; our clients must address a future of changing reimbursement structures, continued demand on capital, greater scrutiny and increased competition.

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Topics: Lisa Lipschutz, architecture, facility planning, healthcare design, interior design, master planning, roadmap, continuous improvement, hospital design

Differences Between SNFs and LTACHs

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Jun 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

While sharing a common mission to provide a safe, nurturing long-term care environment for their residents, Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACH) function quite differently and have unique and specialized requirements. Typically a SNF will offer a more residential experience, whereas an LTACH will focus on more rigorous clinical care and observation. In the case of the Goldwater North LTACH renovation, one of our current projects in New York, there are 111 (of 201) patients on ventilators. While the goal is to wean them off ventilators, that is not always possible. In addition, there are medical patients with chronic and often numerous health issues requiring coordinated care.

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Topics: Lisa Lipschutz, LTACH, architecture, specialty architecture, healthcare design, Array, renovation, hospitals, SNF, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, advisory services, hospital design, array architects