Shane Williams

I am Practice Area Leader for Design at Array with nearly 20 years experience in Architectural design. Having been a part of some amazing opportunities around the world in Corporate, Hospitality, Sports and Commercial design, healthcare has been my passion for the past 14 years. The personal impact for healthcare architecture is unique and the passion and caring exhibited by all participants in every project is exceptionally gratifying.
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One Health System's Adaptability

Posted by Shane Williams on Jun 02, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Featured in Health Facilities Management, March 2014

More than 15 years ago, a new healthcare organization sprung from a growing outmigration from Trenton, NJ, into its suburbs and three hospitals competing for a dwindling patient population. Two of the competing acute care hospitals in Trenton merged, forming Capital Health System. Array Architects had deep ties to the System before the merger, and continues as a planning and design partner today.

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Topics: capital health, continuous improvement, adaptability

Design Creativity in the Lean and Six Sigma Methodologies

Posted by Shane Williams on Oct 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM

On the surface, the notion of design creativity seems diametrically opposed to the systematic rigor in Lean and Six Sigma.  However, a deeper look at design creativity or the creation of design, specifically as it applies to healthcare architecture, reveals tremendous value to the bottom line – creating a healing environment.  There has been a lot written about the benefits of utilizing the core philosophies of Lean and Six Sigma in healthcare planning and operational efficiencies – many of which can be found right here at Array Architects.  But where does Design fit in a rigorous process?  What is Design?

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Topics: continuous improvement, Healing Environment, lean design, design approach, lean six sigma

Reflections On Being a National Design Award Juror

Posted by Shane Williams on Sep 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

This spring, I had the opportunity to work with colleagues from across the country and many design firms as a juror for the 2014 American Institute of Architects/Academy of Architecture for Health Design awards. Overall, the process for participating as a Design Juror was simple, intuitive and flexible. 

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Topics: design award

C-Suite Knowledge Sharing Across the Healthcare Design Industry

Posted by Shane Williams on May 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Each year, three hot topics affecting the feasibility, design and operation of Healthcare projects are brought to a broad group representing advisors, architects, administrators and operators. 

As the enormous replacement Hospital building spree dwindled in the late-2000s, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services began to ask “what changes are coming to healthcare in the US?”  The concept of Healthcare Reform was emerging, the shift toward Outpatient services continued, and costs (both building and operating) continued to rise. 

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Topics: healthcare design, knowledge sharing, Deloitte, Shane Williams, operational efficiencies, big data, hospital merger, cost reduction strategies

Trends in Development of Medical Office Buildings

Posted by Shane Williams on Jun 04, 2013 at 5:54 AM

Published by Healthcare Global, December 2013. The delivery of healthcare is evolving due to healthcare reform initiatives based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nowhere is that more apparent than in the design of Medical Office Buildings (MOBs).

Traditionally, MOBs have been comprised of practice suites housing private physician groups occupying as little as 1,000 SF to as much as an entire floor, +/- 25,000 SF. These spaces were designed to support routine physical examinations, checkups, lab work and minor outpatient procedures.

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Topics: design trends, planning, MOB, medical office building, architecture, healthcare design, ACA, Affordable care act, continuous improvement, healthcare, advisory services, hospital design, Shane Williams, array architects

Rehabilitation Hospitals Could be Well Positioned in Today's Accountable Care

Posted by Shane Williams on Dec 12, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Basic Tenet of Accountable Care

The term “Accountable Care Organization” (ACO) was first used by Elliott Fisher,Director of the Center for Health Policy Research at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH. In essence, ACO is based on the concept of “provider-led organizations with a strong base of primary care that are collectively accountable for quality and total per capita costs across the full continuum of care for a population of patients.” 1 One interesting aspect is the discussion involving “full continuum of care,” and how that affects hospital relations with physician groups, insurance providers and other hospital networks. This has led to a particular concept based around ensuring the patient receives the appropriate evaluation and treatment at the appropriate time in their recovery process, commonly referred to as a “Life Coach” or “Patient Concierge.” In essence, once a patient is admitted to a healthcare network, a representative is assigned to be with the patient from initial testing completion through follow up and therapy if required.

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Topics: architecture, healthcare design, ACA, Array, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, Healing Environment, Shane Williams, array architects

Designing a Flexible Chassis in a Healthcare Environment

Posted by Shane Williams on Nov 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Featured in Medical Construction + Design, June 2011
Just as an innovative automobile chassis defines the frame, engine and other essential systems for a vehicle, a medical center chassis provides an effective framework for a state-of-the art hospital.

Design typically creates flexibility in two ways: through pre-planned soft space adjacent to departments that are forecast to grow and change over time, and through departmental adjacencies that are supportive of one another (e.g., inpatient imaging adjacent to the ED). As a result, a growing service line can expand into soft space or into a shrinking department, and they can gain operational synergies from the relationships among adjacent departments.

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Topics: planning, designchassis, architecture, healthcare design, Array, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, advisory services, hospital design, Shane Williams, array architects

The Affordable Care Act, Supreme Court and Trends in Healthcare

Posted by Shane Williams on Nov 21, 2012 at 4:13 AM

Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Recent USA Presidential Election

A common theme during the recent Summer Leadership Summit of the American College of Healthcare Architects and throughout the recent Interface Medical Office seminar is that no matter what the outcome of the presidential and congressional races was going to be, healthcare reform is not going away. One of the basic tenets of ACA is a shift away from payment for services rendered to a performance based payment system. This shift, along with the reduction in margins is also creating a movement away from a “not-for-profit” status to a “for-profit” status, a closer alignment of physicians with a specific hospital or system and an increase in hospital mergers and acquisitions as larger systems absorb smaller facilities.

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Topics: architecture, healthcare design, ACA, Affordable care act, Array, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, Shane Williams, array architects

Greater Efficiency and Savings Through Observation Unit Utilization

Posted by Shane Williams on Sep 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Recent studies in Health Affairs (1) and supported by the Advisory Board Company (2) express the efficiency of using observation units. These units can be more efficient for providing care to certain patients and can result in shorter lengths-of-stay and lower costs vs. admitting them to the hospital. According to the study, researchers found that utilizing an observation unit could avoid 3,600 inpatient admissions per year and save $4.6 million per year. However, only about one in three hospitals in the U.S. utilize an observation unit.

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Topics: planning, architecture, ER, specialty architecture, healthcare design, ACA, Array, renovation, hospitals, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, advisory services, Shane Williams, array architects

The Universal Room and What it Means

Posted by Shane Williams on Jun 18, 2012 at 6:48 AM

The broad spectrum of hospital room types required for most Acute Care Hospitals can appear daunting. From rooms used specifically for surgical needs, pediatric, oncology, critical care, obstetrical and more, the needs for specialized rooms in the past has been crucial in hospital design. Typically these room types are determined by facility service lines, demographics and market share or competition. However, evidence-based design and space limitations are moving interior healthcare design toward a Universal Room concept that allows for facilitation of multiple forms of patient care. In general, the concept of a Universal Room for Acute Care refers to the requirements from a Medical/Surgical room type to a Critical Care (either ICU or CCU) room type.

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Topics: universal room, architecture, specialty architecture, healthcare design, interior design, ACA, Array, renovation, hospitals, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, Shane Williams, array architects