The healthcare industry steadily is shifting toward community-based services with more outpatient clinics, micro-clinics, wellness centers, and ambulatory surgery centers. This outmigration of care from a centralized Medical Center reflects a growing emphasis on population health—engaging patients as active partners in their healthcare process through education, wellness, prevention, and convenience.
With advances in radiation technology and a growing focus on the patient experience, many radiologists are becoming more involved in planning and designing Imaging Centers. Successful Imaging Centers involve a collaborative process between the architecture and construction team and the radiology and healthcare staff.
The University of Kentucky is the flagship university for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, receiving $331.3 million in grant and contract awards for the 2017 fiscal year. The university’s research goals are to solve local problems by developing solutions with a global impact. As one of only eight public institutions in the U.S. with colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine and Pharmacy on a single campus, the University of Kentucky has a lot of potential for innovation and discovery embedded into its culture.
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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH) welcomed its first patients to its new state-of-the-art hospital December 9 as more than 100 pediatric patients and their families moved from the existing West building into the new Main building addition, marking a new era of exemplary pediatric care in Northern California. The move-in followed a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony November 30, where hospital leadership, elected officials, community partners, donors and patients’ families celebrated the successful completion of the multi-year planning, design and construction process.
Each year, HGA’s integrated team of healthcare architects and engineers designs many successful MRI projects. MRI suites can cost between $3 to $5 million for construction and equipment purchase. Because of this investment, owners should be aware of critical structural considerations that can influence a good design.
The many challenges facing healthcare institutions are intensified when hospitals are located in rural areas. Ever-tightening budgets, aging facilities, shifting demographics, and the rapid evolution of technologies are among the concerns hospital administrators are working to address. For Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), these concerns are compounded by additional uncertainties; rumors of potential revisions to the CAH program abound, which could mean changes in reimbursement, staffing, and service delivery. All of these issues could have significant impact on the future of rural healthcare delivery, creating an environment of uncertainty for system administrators and the communities they serve.
Once concentrated in a central hub, healthcare services are moving outward — into retail spaces, clinics, wellness centers, homes, schools and corporate spaces.
Healthcare facility planning traditionally follows a linear process, from concept phase to schematic design to design development to construction. Multiple in-person meetings between planning and design teams, clients and user groups help to identify goals and challenges, which the team then develops into concept options using sketches, diagrams and eventually Revit.
Cancer diagnosis is often a life-changing moment for any patient. Procedures and treatments with multiple specialists can be intimidating and confusing—for both the patient and family members. As clinical procedures continue to improve, many healthcare organizations are increasingly emphasizing an overlooked but equally important aspect of cancer care—the patients’ emotional wellbeing.
Krista Biason and Jeff Harris discuss new code requirements and often-overlooked and misunderstood requirements that are consistently implemented incorrectly in health care facilities in the Summer 2017 edition of Inside ASHE.