Shannon is a Principal and the Healthcare Practice Leader in the DC office of HKS for the mid-Atlantic and northeast United States. With a focus on design for health, Shannon Kraus’ projects result in innovative solutions that balance clinical improvement with environments that strive to help improve the health of the communities they serve. He has been an integral part of the design and planning of more than 20 million square feet of healthcare projects all over the globe.
Have you earned the designation of a Patient-Centered Medical Home (or PCMH) yet? If not, now is a good time to explore this up-and-coming model of excellence, which can be of benefit to both your patients and your organization, especially when you support the concept with your facility design so it all comes together seamlessly.
The value of taking a patient-centered approach to providing healthcare seems obvious. After all, the patient is the one who ultimately reaps the benefits of good health, so shouldn’t he or she also have the chance to take an active role in his treatment process, guiding his own outcomes? That’s the premise of a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Yet for healthcare organizations that provide a safety need for low-income and high risk populations, getting some of the poorest and sickest patients involved in their own care can be quite challenging.
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