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April 2017 Project Brief
Learn about: methods to minimize patient wait times and maximize use of hospital space, guiding principles implemented in a Seattle children’s hospital to improve patient and provider communication, and how architects, healthcare providers, and families can collaborate to design a patient-centered emergency department.
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April 2017 Project Brief
Learn about: evidence-based design solutions to address throughput challenges in today’s overcrowded emergency departments, the importance of aligning research design with organizational operations and processes for successful research, and the advantages of basing research methods on previous studies. 
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April 2017 Project Brief
Learn about: unique ways that a pediatric replacement hospital leverages its small urban footprint to meet the high demand for ED services, why locating the emergency department on the second floor was the most efficient way to use limited space, and how a three-pod design enables the ED to flex at different times of day for varying levels of demand.
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March 2016 Project Brief
Learn about: the contribution technologies made to improve patient outcomes, the use of multiple technologies to improve patient care, and the strategies used by the design team to avoid creating a solitary feeling for the nurses working in a decentralized configuration. 
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August 2015 Project Brief
Learn about: the use of best practices research to inform design direction, how feedback from the nursing staff allowed comparisons of traditional vs. new standards, and the ways Advocate Health Care envisions their design process continuing to evolve over time.
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August 2015 Project Brief
Learn about: the ways the hospital and design team involved staff and community resources to gather information, mapping, analysis, and research that informed the official report that drove the project, and an optimal physical setting that became a “Center of Excellence.”  
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March 2015 Project Brief
Learn about: the design features implemented to create a patient- and family-centered space, the importance of working with like-minded partners who can maintain the vision of the project, and the importance of considering the culture of the organization in conjunction with the new space.
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March 2015 Project Brief
Learn about: how the architecture firm's observations informed design solutions for the new clinic, about design methods to improve staff collaboration and maintain patient privacy, and about spaces that allowed caregivers to begin exams immediately after patients arrived.