You Only Get One Chance to Make a Good First Impression

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Behind the Design
You Only Get One Chance to Make a Good First Impression

The overall condition of a healthcare facility speaks volumes to not only those who live and work there, but also to visitors and potential patients. The old adage is: You only get one chance to make a good first impression.  When architects and designers are called in to redesign a tired looking facility, it is […]

LEED Design – Becoming the New Healthcare Norm

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in Behind the Design
LEED Design – Becoming the New Healthcare Norm

LEED stands for: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED is a program that encourages green building and promotes sustainability in the construction of buildings and the efficiency of the utilities in the buildings. Green practices are no longer out of the ordinary—they’re normal, everyday decisions and choices that we’ve all learned to make. The same shift in green thinking can […]

Hybrid Furniture Maximizes Space

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Behind the Design
Hybrid Furniture Maximizes Space

As healthcare facilities strive to increase levels of patient care and satisfaction, they also must accommodate the needs of patients’ families and visitors, as well as nurses, doctors, and other caregivers. In the face of ever-shrinking facility footprints, this can be a daunting task. Space is at a premium, and as facilities incorporate decentralized nursing […]

Home Away From Home

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Behind the Design
Home Away From Home

As the healthcare landscape evolves—and technology, budgets, patient demographics, and industry-specific challenges change—the effective use of furniture and design can help facilities keep pace. With the proper planning, the process of creating flexible, aesthetic, cheerful, and productive environments can be both cost-effective and well within reach.  – Healthcare Design Magazine Below is a photo that illustrates how […]

Outside a Hospital’s Walls

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Behind the Design
Outside a Hospital’s Walls

The idea that the built environment can have a positive effect on health outcomes is a generally accepted truth today. But what about the community outside a hospital’s walls? What effect can a healthcare campus have on the health and wellness of its surrounding area? Think “total health environments”… Hospitals and medical centers have historically […]

VA Hospitals Take on Evidence Based Design

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Behind the Design
VA Hospitals Take on Evidence Based Design

In the last couple of years, the Veteran’s Administration has opened new hospitals in Las Vegas and New Orleans, with more new facilities being built throughout the country.  Instead of the stark gray hallways and rooms of the past, the VA is striving to make their facilities more patient-friendly. When the VA Medical Center Complex […]

Creating a Comfortable Waiting Room

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Behind the Design
Creating a Comfortable Waiting Room

Operating a healthcare facility is difficult and bears a lot of responsibility, especially when it comes to handling patients, their families and the hospital staff. The waiting area sets the mood for the entire facility.  Designing is correctly will help provide your patients with a comfortable, relaxing and welcoming experience. Design Considerations – Keeping the […]