March 23, 2017
Spring Cleaning Without Getting Dirty
Spring cleaning brings an opportunity to get organized in a new and fresh way. And with that organization often comes increased productivity. At The Center, we want to make finding and using our resources easy for our community, allowing you to be more productive with your time. To that end, we hope you will take advantage of our latest offerings and tools including:
Included in this newsletter are some of our latest resources and tools, providing you with knowledge that's actionable, knowledge you can quickly incorporate into your projects, along with the latest industry news to see what others are doing.
Thanks to our partners, J+J Flooring Group and Steelcase Health, the resources listed below are available free to all.
The resources and tools we provide are meant to be shared - make sure to pass them along to your team and as always, let me know what tools and resources have been helpful to you in the past, and we'll feature them in our future newsletters.
Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO
Industry News Briefs
Adaptive Reuse of Building Provides Healthcare to Community
As modern care delivery increasingly focuses on the whole person, the healthcare built environment is changing to reflect that. Many hospital systems today are establishing outpatient care locations—clinics—in underserved suburban communities. The move decentralizes care and improves wellness, bringing services closer to patients’ homes.
These new suburban clinics are often located in highly visible areas—such as retail strips or shopping centers—with easy access to public and private transportation. From the facilities planning perspective, locating clinics and accompanying parking in a location with lower leasing rates increases the convenience for patients and decreases clients’ operational costs. Choosing a site for such a clinic is contingent on proximity to a strong medical center’s resources and avoiding redundancies by not building too close to other clinics’ service areas.
Healthcare Design, more . . .
Developing a New International Healthcare Standard
In 2010, the Danish healthcare system sent a study team to the United States to visit best-of-class hospitals and observe best practices in facilities design. The team’s U.S. tour was part of the system’s initiative to renew and expand Denmark’s aging facilities and improve the quality of care as there had not been any significant, new hospital development in the last 30-40 years. Among the contacts they made during their visits was a group of medical planners and designers from EYP Health (formerly WHR Architects).
Those initial meetings revealed a mutual interest in developing a new international model for healthcare facilities that would leverage not only U.S. expertise and resources, but also the strengths of leading thinkers and designers from many critical disciplines across multiple countries, including Denmark.
Medical Construction & Design, more ...
Renovated Façade Boosts Emergency Department Visibility and Accessibility
Patients were presented a challenging scenario when trying to access the emergency department (ED) at Methodist South Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. While the main hospital entrance was clearly marked, the ED on the other side of campus was hidden behind trees and had only a small illuminated sign to indicate its location. “When you’re in a time of crisis, you want everything to be as easy as possible,” says Jason Jackson, lead design architect at Brg3s Architects (Memphis, Tenn.). “If you hadn’t been here before, you wouldn’t know where to go.” Additionally, tan brick covered most of the campus buildings, creating “this ambiguous massing of a hospital,” Jackson says. “There were no clues as to what [buildings] did what services.”
In 2013, the firm began working with Methodist South on a phased expansion and renovation project that included adding 13,371 square feet to the ED and renovating the existing staff and exam spaces to improve patient flow and minimize staff travel. Healthcare Design, more . .
For more Emergency Department design innovations and facility-based solutions, come to The Emergency Department Workshop, more information here.
Bronson Methodist Hospital's design still groundbreaking nearly two decades later
Seventeen years after its completion, Bronson Methodist Hospital is still being recognized for its forward-thinking design. The replacement hospital was completed in 2000, but its conception dates to a master plan devised in 1993. At the time of its origin, the downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., health system faced growing demand, and its efforts to keep up resulted in piecemeal projects that worked in the moment but ultimately would put a strain on long-term efficiency.
Although its challenges were great, those working on the design team for the new facility knew that the design also could translate into ample opportunity for the hospital to improve patient care while keeping its long-standing commitment to downtown Kalamazoo.
Health Facilities Management, more...
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