Healthcare Design: Create a Warm Inviting Space For the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Behind the Design

Holiday decorations in hospitals can be tricky because most common decorations are not suitable for use in a Licensed Care Facility and could could result in a citation from surveyors. Natural cut Christmas trees, boughs and paper tree ornaments are a fire hazard and are prohibited. Hanging decorations must be flame-resistant and hung in a way […]

First Impressions and Patient Experience

First Impressions and Patient Experience

Studies have shown that a patience first impression will affect their overall healthcare experience. What does a patient see when they first walk in to the hospital? Arnold Melnick, DO, who has written on many aspects of medical communication states the following about waiting rooms: “Patients often form their first impression of a medical practice […]

Kaiser Permanente Oakland: Compact New Design

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Behind the Design
Kaiser Permanente Oakland: Compact New Design

Kaiser Permanente in Oakland recently went through a redesign.  One of the biggest challenges on the project was incorporating expanded services on a dense 7-acre urban campus. The new hospital building now allows the facility to introduce new medical services, including an expanded emergency department, 349 patient beds, and a full-service children’s hospital to serve families throughout […]

Adult Hospitals Take a Page Out of the Pediatric Playbook

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Behind the Design
Adult Hospitals Take a Page Out of the Pediatric Playbook

Last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association – JAMA, published an opinion column by a University of Pennsylvania medical student who had been struck by the contrast when he moved from adult departments to a pediatric rotation. Suddenly the environment was cheerful, “almost celestial,” wrote Mark A. Attiah. “Hospitals are scary places – […]

Good Prevails

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Behind the Design
Good Prevails

Below is an article and photo of a state-of-the-art design that won an international interior design award. The design used Evidence Based Research to guide the way – focusing on patient centered and family centered care.  The original post can be seen here. INTERNATIONAL INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD, THE ROYAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL (RHC), MELBOURNE RCH is based on […]

Research Brief: More Daylight Means Healthier And Happier Nurses

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Behind the Design
Research Brief: More Daylight Means Healthier And Happier Nurses

The article below was found on HealthcareDesignMagazane.com.  It was adapted from The HERD Journal, Summer 2014 issue and speaks to the healing effects of natural light not only for the patients but for the care provider.  A happy nurse is a good nurse! Let the Sunshine In To date, evidence has indicated that appropriate environmental lighting […]

Recycled Material Adds Color

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Behind the Design
Recycled Material Adds Color

In the photo above, designers used Varia Ecoresin – a recycled material, to add a splash of color to a reading room in a pediatric hospital. Varia Ecoresin is a durable and malleable material that can be added to any space as a partition.  The dynamic translucent resin offers tons of color, pattern, and texture.  It is […]