Healthcare

Empathetic and innovative design delivery balances human touch and technology to improve patient outcomes and promote caregiver well-being.

Can healthcare facilities promote patient and staff wellness while also engaging with the community and incorporating other sustainability principles? Thanks to organizations like Planetree and the Urban Land Institute's Health Places Initiatives, there is a growing awareness of the link between design and well-being. In this article from Medical Construction & Design, Tushar and Laurie provide snapshots of current buildings and features that address these issues, all while applying the latest techniques for infection control.

August 11, 2016

Innovation is a Discipline

Driving innovation in real-life situations can often be traced to the simple impulse to change something. But innovation is not a stroke of genius encountered haphazardly by an individual. Innovation is a discipline that EYP promotes by cultivating certain practices and attitudes about making connections: connecting breakthroughs in technology to see new possibilities; connecting new modes of thinking to tired, antiquated processes; or simply connecting existing ideas from disparate fields to each other – all for significant benefit. As a result, our designers are determined to run through several techniques in parallel to achieve a design goal. And on a totally different level, understanding how innovation happens allows our designers to create spaces within new projects that foster, nurture, and help teach innovation to building occupants including college students to corporate workers. More

The availability of healthcare in the United States, especially high-quality healthcare, is uneven. The best healthcare services tend to be found in urban centers, which also have the largest populations. Hospitals and medical centers in big cities, however, have little or no room to grow, and they can't demolish outdated facilities without first having opened a new one. In this article for Medical Design + Construction, David and Bhargav cite examples of how they have helped clients meet the challenges of: land restrictions;  measured growth; uneven distribution of Level 1 Trauma care; and meeting projected volumes.

High Profile featured Stamford Hospital's New Hospital, describing the role of BIM technology in the design of this Planetree-inspired healthcare facility. More

Forward-thinking design combines best practices from both American and European healthcare. The consortium of WHR Architects, KHR Arkitekter, and Arup were awarded the Bispebjerg Somatic Hospital project after an international competition.  More

May 13, 2016

A New Kind of Hospital

User involvement is critical in medical planning but can also be challenging. We must make choices to find solutions. After discussion, there comes a point where you must decide what you believe is best for future patients and staff.

In its latest blog post, Region Hovedstaden focuses on the collaborative planning process for the new Bispebjerg Hospital. Engaging healthcare professionals in design charrettes maximizes functional efficiencies among clinical specialties to better meet patient needs.

An update on the progress of the nearly $700 million, 1 million square foot Houston Methodist "The Paula and Joseph C. “Rusty” Walter III Tower" expansion in the Texas Medical Center in the Houston Business Journal.

Throughout 2015 Metropolis’s publisher and editor in chief Susan S. Szenasy visited leading architecture and design firms across the country as part of the Metropolis Think Tank series of discussions on key issues surrounding human-centered design. On August 27, she talked with EYP, as well as the clinical and operational healthcare experts they invited to participate in the discourse. They focused on the changes in healthcare and the process of designing healthy environments, for patients, their families, and clinicians alike. This feature article is an edited transcript of the conversation.

The growing international healthcare market is forcing institutions to be innovative and develop specialized spaces for their constituents. This Medical Construction & Design article shows how our team worked with Houston Methodist Hospital's Global Patient Services program to create a unique environment for international patients. More

Laurie Waggener is interviewed with other healthcare specialists on how architects and medical planners can impact patient safety with Evidence-based design and new construction methods. More

You’re a healthcare project manager responsible for constructing a new building in your system, and it’s time to review and make recommendations to your leadership on the project delivery approach. More

Older patients present healthcare facilities with a unique set of concerns, and a well-designed environment can help the elderly feel at ease and navigate the facility with confidence. In this article from Medical Construction & Design, Senior Interior Designer Sherri Shafiei and Senior Medical Planner Bhargav Goswami, provide a "Silver Architecture" checklist of solutions when designing for this patient population.