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FGI Guidelines 2018: Behavioral Health

Posted by Nic Husbands on Aug 23, 2017

The FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction has been used for decades to implement minimum standards for healthcare buildings. What began as a federal document to implement Congressional.....READ MORE

Topics: FGI, Behavioral Health Design

Converting a Med/Surg Unit to Suit Behavioral Health Standards

Posted by Jon Sell on Jan 20, 2017

As part of a multi-site Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) for Mercy Health, Array converted a shuttered med/surg floor at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky. This project was not without the.....READ MORE

Topics: Patient Environment, case study, Behavioral Health Design

Unifying and Improving a Health System – Protect the Client

Posted by Guest Contributor on Sep 12, 2016

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...

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Topics: Cost Reduction Strategies, bulk purchasing, Behavioral Health Design

Connecting Experience, Behavior and Strategy: Part 1

Posted by Kent Doss on Aug 24, 2016

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..

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Topics: Evidence Based Design (EBD), patient experience, Behavioral Health Design

Experience Design in Senior Behavioral Healthcare

Posted by Stephanie Story on Jun 06, 2016

Many of us will need to evaluate senior care for a loved one at some point in our adult lives. We also may need there to be a behavioral health component as part of that care model. My intuition..

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Topics: Interior Design, patient experience, Behavioral Health Design

New Care Model for Veterans' Outpatient Behavioral Healthcare

Posted by Jay Pelton on May 04, 2016

As a healthcare architect, I am often on-site at hospitals and health centers. Most projects give me the opportunity to get to know the facility’s staff and experience a bit of their day-to-day...

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Topics: veterans affairs, Behavioral Health Design

IPD: Long-Term Consistency Across Teams and Health System Campuses

Posted by Joe Doherty on Mar 17, 2016

The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach joins the owner, architect and contractor into a single collaborative team. Ideally, this approach will optimize project results, increase value to..

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Topics: Integrated Project Design/Delivery (IPD), Behavioral Health Design

Behavioral Health and Emergency Departments

Posted by Guest Contributor on Dec 07, 2015

The US healthcare landscape is ever changing due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Modifications to the law change healthcare delivery and provide access to insurance coverage to a large.....READ MORE

Topics: Behavioral Health Design

Unifying and Improving a Health System – Bulk Purchasing

Posted by Guest Contributor on Mar 11, 2015

In September 2013, Mercy Health contracted Danis Building Construction Company to provide construction management for five behavioral health projects. Array Architects served as the design team,...

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Topics: bulk purchasing, Behavioral Health Design

Revisions to the 2014 Guidelines for Psychiatric Hospitals

Posted by Joe Doherty on Dec 08, 2014

Several changes to the 2014 FGI Guidelines affect the physical space for behavior health spaces in stand-alone centers and in-hospital behavioral health units.

Section 2.5–2.2 General Psychiatric...

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Topics: FGI, guidelines, Behavioral Health Design

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