An Environment that Conveys Passion

An Environment that Conveys Passion

In Chicago, Illinois, there is a stellar example of patient-centered design. That example is the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, particularly it’s emergency department (ED). The ED recently underwent a renovation done by HKS, a world-renown company well known for their architects and interior design team. The renovation resulted in an emergency department that puts patient experience […]

Almost Home – A Transitional Healthcare Place for Kids

Almost Home – A Transitional Healthcare Place for Kids

Young patients with complex medical issues often can’t be discharged until their homes and families are prepared to provide the ongoing care they require. This can result in patients waiting in expensive intensive care units. One alternative to that situation is Almost Home Kids (AHK), a ten-year-old program that partners with healthcare organizations to provide a […]

Designer Brings Color and Confidence to the Lives of Women When They Need It Most

Designer Brings Color and Confidence to the Lives of Women When They Need It Most

Anyone who has watched a pink sunset on a summer night—knows that color can be healing. New York-based designer Tanya Taylor is putting the idea to good use in her new partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital. Taylor had already taught color-therapy painting classes for the hospital and designed curtains for its pediatric exam rooms. […]

Encourage Playtime

Encourage Playtime

Playtime is an important part of healthy childhood development. It allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. That is why we as designers need to encourage playtime. In a recent post, Healthcare Design Magazine featured an article written by Mathew Hall. He writes about a […]

Strategic Use of Color and Layout Merge Two Clinics

Strategic Use of Color and Layout Merge Two Clinics

A strategic use of color and layout bring two sister clinics together. In the photo shown here, the Capital Aesthetic and Laser Center becomes one with the Comprehensive Woundcare Services. Together, under one roof, the office in Washington, D.C. can share overhead, and collaborative work areas. Clinics are accounting for more and more of the […]

Hello Care – Personalized Healthcare Delivery from AECOM

Hello Care – Personalized Healthcare Delivery from AECOM

Hello Care is a conceptual design that was unveiled at the Healthcare Design’s Breaking Through Conceptual Design Competition. It is a system of autonomous vehicles that brings care to patients, eliminating the need for a clinic or hospital visit. Inside the vehicle, a caregiver is virtually located next to the patient via a larger interactive […]

Design Can Reduce Staff Burnout

Design Can Reduce Staff Burnout

Thomas Knittel, a design principal at HDR’s  Seattle’s office shares his thoughts on the ability of design to reduce staff burnout. His perspective is thoughtful and I agree with him. Healthcare designers have a real opportunity to improve health outcomes for staff and other healthcare providers. Burnout, It’s an Epidemic Medscape’s “Lifestyle Report 2017” found […]