Francis (Frank) Murdock Pitts is the founding partner and president of architecture+. He has more than 30 years of experience in the planning and design of psychiatric healthcare facilities for special populations, long-term care, and secure institutions. He’s a leader of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects. He previously served on the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities committee.
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With no known precedent, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pursued a vision to develop a new pediatric patient care unit: one that would meet the requirements and licensure of an acute care unit, but would provide a safe and supportive environment for patients with a comorbid developmental, behavioral, or psychiatric diagnosis. A multidisciplinary team worked together to envision, plan, and design an environment to support a new model of care for this unique population. Key elements of the project—a remodel of an existing unit—include patient, family, and staff health; circadian lighting; biophilic design; and safety.
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