Summoning Nature for Healing

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
Summoning Nature for Healing

More and more hospital administrators are realizing that certain design components can change the healthcare experience. One of these components is a healing garden.  It is not a new idea however, it is being implemented into healthcare design in refreshing, new ways. Overall, a healing garden offers relaxation and stress reduction.  It’s something we all know […]

Bringing Natural Elements Closer to Patients, Family, and Caregivers

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
Bringing Natural Elements Closer to Patients, Family, and Caregivers

Stacked Sky Gardens: Several new thoughtful design approaches have emerged in healthcare architectural and interior design. Each approach stems from Evidence Based Research and stands out both for it’s form and function. Evidence Based Research has shown that exposure to daylight and nature accelerates patient’s  recovery time and increases productivity of physicians and caregivers. The following […]

Good Bye “Plunk Art.”

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
Good Bye “Plunk Art.”

“Plunk Art” a term coined by a well respected design professional, defines “plunk art”  as a practice that occurs when a remodel or new design occurs without the art program in place as part of the original plan and design.  When that happens, the art becomes an afterthought in the overall design.   Janell Baglien, […]

Children’s Hospital Halloween

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
Children’s Hospital Halloween

Childrens Hospitals are helping kids enjoy Halloween with the help and donations made by Spirit Halloween and those that shop there. Below is a great video on one such hospital that hosted a Halloween parade for over 60 kids.  Because many of the children are on restrictive diets and cannot eat candy, nurses treated them […]

LED Lighting Changes Trends in Healthcare

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Behind the Design
LED Lighting Changes Trends in Healthcare

Of all the elements needed to build new healthcare facilities or update existing ones, lighting has undergone the most changes  in selection criteria.   Lighting has been rocked by the growing use of LEDs (light-emitting diodes). This shift has changed the way architects, lighting designers, and healthcare facility decision-makers approach this specific piece of the design […]

Featured Inspiration

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
Featured Inspiration

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia A pioneer in targeted cancer treatments, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia developed a new therapy for patients with relapsed cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The hospital is also studying a way to treat certain types of lymphoma and neuroblastoma with a single pill. It offered the world’s first proton-beam therapy […]

Double Vision – Overcoming State Issued Safety Code in Design

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Behind the Design
Double Vision – Overcoming State Issued Safety Code in Design

Healthcare design has seen a cultural shift toward embracing innovation, lean operation and evidence-based design. However, new approaches are often a challenge because of local jurisdictional laws and/or health and safety codes. This year, Design Architectural and Interior Design Showcase awarded Honorable Mention to the Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for […]