Four Parts of the Pediatric Inpatient Unit of the Future: Part 1

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Dec 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM

There are unique aspects to healthcare design, pediatric design and in particular, the design of world-class academic institutions in urban environments. In the past, I’ve discussed my top 10 list for pediatric waiting room design. Pediatric inpatient units of the future must not only respond to known, documented evidence-based design attributes, but planning considerations and design must be visionary in response to a rapidly changing future.

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Topics: technology, pediatrics, inpatient unit

Benefits of a Long-Term Client Relationship

Posted by Lesley Yocum on Nov 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM

When the firm is awarded its first 'win' with a new client, the excitement is palpable. It is rewarding to be recognized by the client as worthy of their time to start a new relationship and teach a new design firm the standards that drive their institution.

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Topics: pediatrics, design approach, Client standards

Top 10 Considerations for Designing a Pediatric Waiting Room

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Nov 18, 2015 at 7:10 AM

Featured in FacilityCare, October 2015.

The design of pediatric healthcare facilities presents a myriad of design considerations and opportunities beyond those addressed in the adult realm. Today’s clinical modalities can be frightening. The institutional hospital environment can be intimidating to both young patients and their families. The pediatric patient’s needs and perceptions, as they relate to the delivery of healthcare in the clinical environment, require a unique design sensitivity that comes with experience and expertise. 

The waiting environment is a point of first impression. While the goal is to minimize waiting, it is important to provide an orderly, clean and calm yet engaging environment and to design a space that is both adaptable and comfortable. Many factors go into planning and designing a pediatric waiting room. These are my top ten.

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Topics: pediatrics, design approach, waiting rooms

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

Can Art Heal in Pediatrics?

Posted by Laura Morris on Oct 12, 2012 at 4:09 AM

In today’s leading pediatric facilities, including those designed by Array such as University Hospitals Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, art installations become an experience not only for the patient but the entire care team around the patient. Gone are the days of volunteer groups raising money for a piece or two in the facility – now hospitals are investing in collections that not only pay the facility back over time with their appreciation in value but they are integrating art into their buildings in unique ways.

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Topics: LauraMorris, architecture, art, pediatrics, healthcare design, interior design, hospitals, healthcare, hospital design