Newsletter No. 2

These are a few of the interesting articles that have caught my attention recently. Developing a New International Healthcare Standard | Medical Construction and Design Developing a New International Healthcare Standard #combinedcultures http://buff.ly/2mdZsdc Designing for memory care | Health Facilities …

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Newsletter No. 1

  These are a few of the interesting articles that have caught my attention recently. Future-Proof Hospitals: Planning, Adapting to Rapid Change in Healthcare Design | Medical Construction and Design Planning, Adapting to Rapid Change in Healthcare Design http://buff.ly/2huv9df Health …

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Messages

Imagine driving down an unfamiliar road, tired and perhaps hungry and looking for a place to stop for a bit. Signs along the road reach out to invite you to refuel, or to see Pedro at South of the Border, …

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The Same?

All the same but… …are they really? With identical forms and rooflines, these Nordic homes have the potential to be bland and undifferentiated, but they’re not. In fact, they’re quite interesting and beautiful. All because of their use of color. …

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2016 – Start

I don’t know about you, but I’m always excited about each new year! It represents a time of promise, possibilities, and new challenges. It’s a blank slate, just waiting to be written upon. Hmmm, what color chalk should I use …

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Reflections on a Conference

I recently attended the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference, held this year in Washington, DC. This annual conference attracts approximately 4,000 architects, engineers, designers, suppliers, and healthcare clients from all around the country, and in addition to the large number …

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Beatles or Beethoven?

The question of whether or not to incorporate music has come up in almost every healthcare design project, and more often than not, it is dropped because of polarized positions for and against, and no particular understanding of whether there …

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Is This Your Challenge?

In recent years, hospitals and medical groups have faced an accelerating pace of change, particularly in their facilities. Sometimes this is because of a merger with another organization, or an expansion into a new area, or the need to renovate …

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Medicines and Morality

Medicine, and specifically the creation of medicines, is a business. But is it only a business? At its core, isn’t it also about helping others, defeating diseases, and making life better for all people? I certainly believe so, which is …

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Where Will We Land?

Have you ever been to the launch of a hot air balloon? It is really a spectacular sight! The pilot and his crew carefully stretch out the balloon on the ground, and begin to fill it with air with a …

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Seriously?

I like to read, and I particularly enjoy reading about what is happening in the healthcare field both in this country and around the world. I learn and draw inspiration from the creative efforts of others as they tackle the …

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5,000 Miles by Train

July and August are traditional times for vacations and slowing down to recharge one’s batteries. This summer, my wife and I were able to join my father and a nephew on a 5,000 mile tour of the western United States …

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What Now?

In our lives and in our businesses, we hope to feel confident that we’re moving forward, that we’re on track. But what is at the end of this track? How do we know this is the right one for the …

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An Unacceptable Risk

Modern medical science has taken on numerous diseases and health risks in the last century, from polio to smoking to HIV/AIDS, and we in the U.S. typically assume that no problem is too great if we apply ourselves to it …

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Can You Speak A Little Louder?

We’ve all been there. We’re checking in and the setup is so abysmal that the registrar and ten other perfect strangers are all privy to who we are and why we’re here. This seems like a common sense issue, so …

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Follow The Leader

Healthcare executives want to do the right things in order for their organizations to succeed. They are faced with countless decisions every day that must be considered, evaluated, and acted upon. It’s human nature to seek validation by looking at …

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Going Green?

Is there anyone who disagrees with the goal of “going green”…of being more sustainable in our facility design and construction projects? In an environment where reducing operating expenses is as important as increasing revenue (both go right to the bottom …

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Breaking Creative Block

Whether you are a healthcare executive working your way through the uncertainty of how to run your business in an ever-changing healthcare arena, or an architect attempting to solve complex problems of space and buildings, we all benefit from being …

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Person-Centered Care

The terms Patient-Centered Care and Person-Centered Care have been used a great deal in recent years to describe a fundamental shift away from care based on the needs of the provider. I’ve seen many definitions of these terms along the …

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Sick as a dog?

Where do you go when you just feel terrible? It’s often difficult to get an appointment to see the primary care provider (or maybe you don’t even have a PCP), so the next thought is a trip to the Emergency Room. …

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An Ear for Design

When we think about design, whether in architecture or in other disciplines, we often speak of a designer “having a good eye.” What may be even more important, is having a good EAR…being a good listener. The Importance of Listening. …

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Judging Innovation

Healthcare architects like to talk about evidence-based design, and we like to talk about innovation. Sometimes we link the two concepts as mutually supporting, and at other times we contrast them. But are they quantified and judged in the same …

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1-2-3 Future-proofing

Healthcare delivery systems in the US continue to face an uncertain future. This is the result of rapidly evolving technology used in the practice of medicine, continued exploration of new organizational structures to provide care and manage health, as well …

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Let’s Talk EBD

Evidence-based design (EBD) is the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. Originally derived from evidence-based medicine, the term is applied to healthcare facility design to describe the foundations by …

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After the Cure

Our healthcare system is filled with caring, committed professionals. If we are honest, however, we all must realize that there are shortcomings…places we could have done or could do better, whether that is in how care is delivered, how spaces …

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Are You Ready for Virtual Healthcare?

Geri Aston has written a fascinating cover story in the March 2015 issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine entitled “Telehealth Promises to Reshape Healthcare” (click to access it). In this well researched article, she is describing how some healthcare …

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What’s a Medical Home?

There has been a lot of discussion about the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of healthcare as a way of transforming how care is delivered. In this model, a personal physician leads a team of caregivers that has the necessary …

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Community Access

Ellis Medicine is a 438-bed community and teaching healthcare system serving New York’s Capital Region. With four campuses – Ellis Hospital, Ellis Health Center, Bellevue Woman’s Center and Medical Center of Clifton Park – and five additional service locations, Ellis offers an …

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Can healthcare be consumer-friendly?

Expanding Levels of Choice In today’s technology-enabled society, consumers are demanding new approaches to how they get their healthcare services. As the flow of information continues to accelerate, they discover an increasing number of choices when it comes to accessing …

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