Converting a Med/Surg Unit to Suit Behavioral Health Standards

Posted by Jon Sell on Jan 20, 2017 at 3:04 PM

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 inherent challenges of making a non-behavioral health space compliant, safe and comfortable for patients and staff. What made it rewarding was the cooperative effort of the design team to make this renovated space as ideal a setting as the other BHI endeavors for Mercy (Batavia and Oregon, OH), which included new construction and a larger footprint.

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Topics: patient environment, case study, behavioral design

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

Ambulatory Care Centers - Digestive Health

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Jun 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM

A result of reform, research and technology, the healthcare industry is rapidly changing, with the common goal to improve population health. While individual choices, corporate behavior and environment influence one’s health, healthcare entities have a significant role in the management of their communities’ health. Investing in health and wellness can save money in the long run. Education and outreach enable individuals to understand the impact of personal choices. Early diagnosis and treatment, as well as chronic disease management, are less costly than treatment of advanced disease. These initiatives are augmenting the trend toward care provided in an acute care environment – in outpatient facilities today and, perhaps, with virtual visits in the future.

As our healthcare system continues to evolve into an ambulatory-oriented and patient-centric model of care, it is becoming more common to see the development of multi-disciplinary practice sites. These care centers can create a competitive edge for healthcare organizations and can improve provider satisfaction while, most importantly, benefiting patients. Such practice sites support a team-based approach among healthcare workers of varying disciplines working side-by-side to provide specific services to patients based on their needs and a provider’s area of expertise.

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Topics: communication, ambulatory care, pediatrics, patient environment, population health management

Top 10 Considerations When Renovating Patient Towers

Posted by Adrian Hagerty on Jan 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Published in Medical Construction & Design, January 2014

The many benefits of caring for patients within a private room have been proven for decades.

Often, the benefits may be clear, but the perceived cost of providing more private patient rooms has prevented the wholesale adoption of this basic principle. Building new bed towers has been an option for systems that could afford to build new facilities. However, many hospital systems do not have that luxury or are landlocked and cannot expand.

In addition, the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act reimbursement landscape has certainly contributed to stalling the trend toward 100 percent private rooms.

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Topics: planning, architecture, lean, healthcare design, renovation, patient environment, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design

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