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From Mowing the Lawn to Designing Hospitals

Posted by Mali Ouzts 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

Why Current and Future State Mapping is Crucial

Posted by Ryan Keszczyk on Oct 28, 2016 at 2:45 PM

We are continually looking for ways to transform the way we design, as well as how we involve our clients and end-users early on in our design approach. Mapping current and future states has become an integral part of our design approach, allowing us to learn and better understand more details about our clients. We use process mapping as a tool to work with the client and look at all the different steps that allow the client to do their work. It gives the designers insight on the workflows that exist at a current facility.

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Topics: future state mapping, current state mapping

Improving Senior Design at The Center for Successful Aging

Posted by Nic Husbands on Oct 12, 2016 at 7:33 AM

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is located in an area of Baltimore with an increasing number of baby boomer age residents. Patients approaching retirement or already retired have become the majority of emergency department visits and referrals for the Hospital. The Center for Successful Aging recently opened to assist this age group and their families/caregivers by providing one location to coordinate both primary and specialty care, providing a medical home for optimal coordinated care. 

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Topics: talk room, health and wellness

Ambulatory Drivers: Part Two, FLEXIBILITY

Posted by Adrian Hagerty on Oct 07, 2016 at 9:25 AM

The ambulatory care revolution has made healthcare providers around the country acutely aware of the value of their real estate footprint. Every square foot counts. Every staff member provides value.

Efficiency and flexibility are two buzzwords often cited as key factors in the design and planning of Medical Office Buildings and Ambulatory Surgery Centers, but tactical implementation strategies to address these factors in the physical environment is not universally understood.

Flexibility can manifest in efficient clinic layouts, where it is easy to switch a room's use for different service lines while maximizing occupancy configurations of a space. Efficiency can be realized by providing physician offices modeled on a hoteling scenario. Space utilization can be optimized by introducing kiosk registration and centralized diagnostic testing, located to promote convenient access – and as close as possible to related specialty services. Within the clinic environment, talk spaces can bring physicians, caregivers and patients together in a space that is more conducive for the patient to “own” their care plan. By providing spaces without exam tables, care can also be more effectively coordinated across the continuum of care with inclusion of nutritionists, social workers, rehab providers, etc.

In this second installment of our Ambulatory Care video series, we endeavor to address these key facility-planning factors of flexibility and efficiency. The video below introduces several Array thought leaders—from planning, design and project managementwho share their expertise on the future of ambulatory care and how facility flexibility plays a key role in the success of ambulatory care delivery for healthcare provider organizations throughout the nation.

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Topics: ambulatory care, future flexibility

Designing to Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections

Posted by Dwight Young on Sep 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Recently I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker for a Master-level class at Kent State University’s College of Architectural and Environmental Design. The class was part of their Healthcare Master of Architecture program, and focused on Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) and the physical environment. Over my 20 years of professional practice, 14 of which have been dedicated to healthcare, infection control protocol has become increasingly more important.

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Topics: healthcare design, infection control, hospital acquired infections

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

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

Connecting Experience, Behavior and Strategy: Part 1

Posted by Kent Doss on Aug 24, 2016 at 4:00 PM

One of the most challenging tasks that architects face is how to convey design intent in a way that transcends aesthetics (which can be deeply personal and sometimes divisive) by describing the measurable, operational value (which is uniting and helps drive project progress) that good design can achieve. The project clarity and vision that we can create through our collaborative, Lean-led planning process can be at risk if we can’t equally communicate the reasons why specific design strategies are critical to project performance.

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Topics: evidence based design, patient experience, behavioral design

Trends in Offsite Laboratories for Growing Health Systems

Posted by Jeffrey Drucker on Aug 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM

As healthcare systems expand their reach and acquire more hospitals, the case for the development of offsite or independent laboratories is becoming increasingly viable to institutions.

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Topics: collaboration, laboratory design

Overbuild Project: Unlimited Questions, Limitless Design Opportunities

Posted by Tony Caputo on Aug 05, 2016 at 10:00 AM

When the need arises for a healthcare system to expand its real estate, realign its programmatic adjacencies or analyze its lack of available land for expansion, the ensuing conversations may trigger the question of whether a facility’s vertical expansion is feasible. While many have planned in advance for an overbuild project, others have not and may find themselves trying to make the most informed decision at the earliest of stages of strategic development. You can never ask enough questions. That said, what are some of the key architectural, construction and operational issues to consider when deciding whether to vertically expand a facility?

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Topics: healthcare design, project considerations