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Home is Where the Art Is

Posted by Guest Contributor on Aug 07, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Relaxing. Soothing. Welcoming. These words are more often used to describe an ideal home than they are a hospital. However, when you are tasked with designing a long-term healthcare facility, with stays of up to five to 10 years, incorporating elements of the home is essential to make residents more comfortable – comfort being a vital part of their long-term care.

This is where art comes in. It is embedded in healthcare facilities across the nation, and for good reason: incorporating positive, visual distractions can mitigate pain and anxiety, giving an environment a healing quality. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before my work as a healthcare architect would include an enhancing our designs with curated art. This opportunity came when Array was designing the Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility in New York, NY, during which my job as an architect transformed to art curator.

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Topics: art and healthcare, patient environment, Healing Environment, artwork

EcoTherapy and its Positive Effects on Healing Environments

Posted by Kent Doss on Jun 18, 2015 at 8:10 AM

Imagine what it would have been like to be hospitalized 200 years ago…you were probably in a dimly lit, poorly ventilated ward with dozens of other patients…you would have been exposed to all manner of infections and maladies in surroundings that that did very little to actually help in the healing process. With these images in mind, it is easy to be deeply grateful for the amazing advances that have been made in medicine and in today's healing environments that are designed to expedite the healing process – but we should always challenge ourselves to do more.

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Topics: ecotherapy, Healing Environment

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

The Healing Power of Art

Posted by Pat Malick on Jun 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Featured in Medical Construction + Design, June 19, 2014.
Environments have the power to set our expectations, lift our spirits and inspire hope.  The design of the interior environment can positively affect the expectations of patients and their loved ones. To inspire confidence and reduce stress, the environments must be in sync with an organization’s reputation, mission and core values. A well-conceived environment will positively influence employee service, attitudes and behaviors. Colors, textures, patterns, artwork and graphics must be carefully selected, well-coordinated and integrated into the overall design to resonate with patients, families and staff.
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Topics: Healing Environment, healing garden, artwork

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

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

Empathy in Design

Posted by Laura Morris on Apr 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM


I began my career intent on changing the face of healthcare design. Working on complex design problems and having an opportunity to directly affect how someone heals in a space was the reason for choosing to be a designer.

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Topics: LauraMorris, architecture, healthcare design, interior design, ACA, empathy, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, Healing Environment

ACA Reform: Patients have Higher Expectations for Healthcare Settings

Posted by Guest Contributor on Apr 11, 2013 at 5:54 AM

By Kristin Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Healthcare Design

As more and more patients prefer retail health such as alternative medicine and healing options for their medical treatments, the trend toward fewer beds in hospitals is here to stay, attendees learned at last month’s ASHE PDC annual summit.

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Topics: architecture, KristinZeit, healthcare design, interior design, ACA, HDM, hospitals, healthcare reform, patient environment, continuous improvement, hospital design, Healing Environment

Beyond the Healing Garden

Posted by Kent Doss on Apr 05, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Healing the Body by Healing the Earth as Part of a Comprehensive Cancer Program

Featured by Medical Construction + Design in February 2014.

The term “biophilia,” which literally translates as “love of life or living systems,” is used to describe the theory that suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems and that this bond is essential to good physical and mental health. [1] We have a natural attraction to all that is alive and vital - all humans have “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life” [2]. This premise helps explain why ordinary people spend time and energy caring for plants and flowers in their homes…in other words, our natural love for life helps us sustain life.

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Topics: Shirin-yoku, architecture, ebd, evidence based design, healthcare design, Kent Doss, ecotherapists, Array, Cancer, ecotherapy, cancer program, biophilia, hospitals, nature prescriptions, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, Healing Environment, healing garden, array architects