Taking the Pulse of Healthcare Real Estate Strategies

Posted by Jennifer O'Donnell on Dec 19, 2016 at 7:23 AM

Array recently co-sponsored an event about how healthcare institutions in New England, primarily the Boston Area, are approaching ambulatory care. We invited a cross section of developers, property owners, facility leaders, real estate leaders and designers; all who have a great understanding of this particular market. It was enlightening to hear what stakeholders are facing these days, and a great forum to get challenges out on the table for the participants to work through and tackle together as a team.

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Topics: healthcare reform, outpatient strategy

A Growing Need for Critical Access Hospitals

Posted by Andy Vogel on Dec 09, 2016 at 1:50 PM

I recently read on the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) website that 66 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. The closure rate is increasing. It was six times higher in 2015 than in 2010. A study the NRHA commissioned revealed that 673 rural hospitals are “vulnerable or at risk for closure.” Of this group, a large number are Critical Access Hospitals (CAH).

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Topics: critical access

Importance of Ambulatory Site Selection & Evaluation

Posted by Seena Hassouna on Nov 29, 2016 at 6:10 PM

As the healthcare landscape shifts, many providers are delivering care in innovative ways. With the goal of integrating into their patients daily lives, providers are also searching for new, conveniently-located facilities capable of accommodating a wide array of ambulatory services ranging from a simple exam, consultation or blood draw room to more complex procedures, including surgery and imaging. Procedural spaces may require significant adjustment to existing building infrastructure and incur substantial capital construction cost. Developing a rigorous site selection process provides a framework for data-driven decision-making.

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Topics: real estate, ambulatory care

Designing Outside the Four-Walled Box of Your Office

Posted by Stephanie Story on Nov 18, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Often when we are working with a client to design their space, we have a number of meetings in which we review renderings, materials, etc. While we always like to go to the client with a polished presentation, sometimes clients can struggle to articulate their design goals for a project. A great way to help clients think outside the box is to have a work session in our office.

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Topics: interior design, value engineering

From Mowing the Lawn to Designing Hospitals

Posted by Guest Contributor 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