Industry News Briefs
Integrating Modern Equipment into Existing Spaces
Modern medical equipment is advancing rapidly, providing patients with state-of-the-art care and procedures that enhance safety. As an outcome, hospitals are retrofitting existing space in order to integrate modern equipment and technology into their buildings. In some cases, the upgraded spaces are in facilities that are 40 and 50 years old. Needless to say, this comes with many challenges, some of which are difficult to foresee.
From the size of the new equipment, to reconfigured floor plans and existing building constraints, hospitals face critical challenges and risks if they aren’t working with a qualified and knowledgeable team of designers and contractors. When the right team isn’t in place, the ability for a hospital to provide critical medical services in a timely manner is jeopardized, and patients’ care can suffer from a hospital’s inability to perform.
To ensure that the integration of new medical technology and equipment is being appropriately planned for, and the design and construction team is qualified to do the work, there are several important factors to consider.
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Vancouver Care Facility Moves to 'Dementia Village' Model
A major makeover is underway at a facility for dementia patients in South Vancouver: staff are creating a "dementia village" to help patients feel more like they're living in a home, rather than a hospital.
The model for the villages — specifically-designed care communities and living environments for those with dementia — has seen success in the Netherlands and is gaining traction in B.C.
"It's [about] increasing the engagement of staff, being more personalized in the care and the understanding of the life experience of residents," said Rae Johnson, site director for Holy Family Residence.
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That’s A Wrap: Northside Hospital Parking Garage Mural
While embarking on the first major expansion of its Atlanta campus in more than a decade, Northside Hospital encountered an unwelcoming sight: a 100-foot-wide cement column in the center of a patient vehicle drop-off circle.
The structural column supported the weight of a new eight-story patient tower, but it was located near the front door and lobby of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, meaning patients and visitors have to drive or walk around the column to enter the building.
Rather than accept the eyesore, the hospital worked with Art Initiative Inc. (Atlanta), the art advisor on the project, to commission a 2,000-square-foot mural by Atlanta artist Ryan Coleman to cover the column.
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Dynamic New San Francisco Hospital Opens its Doors
A brand-new flagship hospital for Sutter Health — the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) — opened its doors to patients in March, serving as a hub for Sutter Health’s inpatient and outpatient services citywide.
The 1,015,000-square-foot hospital encompasses 11 patient floors (plus two-stories of central utility plant located above,) 274-patient beds, 20 labor and delivery rooms, and 418 parking spaces.
The California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital ultimately reimagines what an urban medical center can be, with dynamic architecture that knits the civic realm to 21st century health care and provides a beacon for health and wellness in the city.
Located on a full-city block at the major arterial intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Geary Boulevard in downtown San Francisco, the hospital was designed to enhance the urban fabric as a 12-story contemporary glass, metal and stone tower reflective of the high-rise buildings of the city’s nearby Financial District.
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Seventh Annual Internationally Acclaimed CODAawards Celebrate Commissioned Art Projects
The internationally acclaimed CODAawards, now in their seventh year, celebrate the design projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces. The awards, selected from projects around the world, honor the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day. Submit projects for consideration by May 31, 2019.