Jeff Mural is an architect at LS3P with 20 years of experience on a variety of projects. His particular expertise is in Behavioral Healthcare, for which he has planned or designed over 1.6 million square feet, for both his prior and current firms, on projects throughout the eastern part of North America.
Jeff Mural’s specific expertise is patient safety in a psychiatric hospital. While working for architecture+, Jeff was instrumental in developing the Patient Safety Standards for the New York State Office of Mental Health, which has been used as a guide for designing both new construction and renovations of psychiatric hospitals across the country. As project manager he personally tested and evaluated over 200 products for safe use in a psychiatric hospital; because of this, he has unique insight on how to design safe, therapeutic, and normative spaces for patients.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project ∘
The goal of this project was to design a behavioral health setting within the emergency department (ED) that is non-institutional and calming for patients. To provide solutions that will meet the needs of a diverse behavioral health patient mix.
For many years, legal precedents have spoken to the need for quality environments for behavioral health patients. Behavioral health facilities span a wide range of care environments including psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric neuropsychiatric nursing units of general hospitals, facilities for the psychiatric medically infirm, neuropsychiatric units, alcohol and drug addiction retreatment facilities, mental health clinics, day hospitals, and day treatment centers. The wide variety of setting and diagnosis is one of the major impediments to creating evidence based design guidelines for behavioral health facilities.
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