HGA has designed behavioral health facilities across the country—including several mental health units within hospitals and numerous addiction treatment facilities—and has identified six approaches that not only help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues but also fully address the needs of patients’ physical and mental well-being. Consideration of these trends in healthcare planning and design can positively impact costs, functional capabilities, and safety for patients and staff.
Pictured: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's combined Student Health Center and College of Nursing.
Nearly 20 percent of new jobs in the United States are in healthcare and allied health professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As such, colleges and universities are stepping up their focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and allied health sciences programs to meet growing market needs for trained healthcare professionals.
Emergency departments are evolving as healthcare organizations address the changing needs of their patient base. EDs often serve as a melting pot where diverse demographics converge with a range of medical emergencies.
It’s no secret that healthcare organizations across the country are shifting more and more services out of acute care settings. The move makes sense on a number of fronts, not least of which is the ability to reduce costs and improve outcomes all while increasing access and growing market share.
The healthcare industry is continuously evolving as new codes and building standards transform facilities and care delivery. Among approaching code changes impacting healthcare campus planning are USP 797 and USP 800 pharmacy compounding requirements by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP).
The USP requirements help practitioners adhere to tested procedures for safe medication compounding in a controlled, germ-free environment.
Kevin Day, HGA Healthcare Design Principal, and Diane Agee, CEO of Redwood Coast Medical Services, presented "Patient-Centered Care at the Edge" at the 2016 Healthcare Design Expo + Conference. In this Q&A, Day talks about his passion for healthcare architecture and innovations Redwood Coast and other providers are bringing to rural communities.
We are all getting older. This is evident in our lives and in our communities as Boomers reach retirement age. Yet today's aging population is not the typical retiree from the yesterday. People are living longer, healthier and more independent lives today. And they are delaying moving into environments for aging much later, instead choosing to remain independent as long as possible.
Sustainability and resiliency are common buzzwords today. But for healthcare facilities to make progress in these areas, it's important to take a practical, feasible approach that aligns with budget considerations. Thinking strategically about incorporating sustainability can help hospitals save resources and become more efficient.