Construction and Design - January 2015

Michigan health system considering cutting-edge short-stay hospital

McLaren Health Care Corp. is planning a $30 million to $50 million, 30-bed facility in Independence Township


Healthcare design must change with ACA reforms

Healthcare reform is bringing requirements for greater operational efficiencies and patient outcomes, according to a blog on the Healthcare Design website


When renovating patient rooms one by one makes sense

Renovating one room at a time comes with deterrents, including a high price tag, but can be preferable, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Program to support healthcare facility resiliency

Federal effort offers guidance on dealing with effects of extreme weather


Report released on overcrowding at NewYork hospital ER

Officials release a report detailing overcrowding problems at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Designers adjusting to move away from traditional healthcare workplaces

Providers have started to move away from assigned offices and segregated departments, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Functional program an opportunity for innovation

The translation of the document can either positively or negatively affect all who experience healthcare spaces, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Despite expansion, Canadian hospital's congestion 'highest ever'

Surrey Memorial Hospital in British Columbia opened its massive new emergency department in October 2013


Making the financial case for 'cool stuff' in healthcare design

It is incumbent upon designers to also convey the potential cost implications and benefits of design solutions, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Cleveland hospital to convert to ambulatory care center

Lakewood Hospital conversion will cost more than $120 million


Staff contributes to design of Saskatchewan health facility

A team of 25 staffers works on design options for the new Cypress Health Region integrated health facility in Leader


Multidisciplinary student design teams to focus on healthcare

New program at the University of Michigan to address a number of crucial healthcare issues, according to a blog on the Healthcare Design website


Mock-ups help health system control costs, design hospital

Staffers from Centegra Health System's McHenry and Woodstock campuses have been touring room replicas at the Huntley location for the last few months


Kansas hospital upgrades emergency department

The $6.2 million expansion and renovation project more than doubled the space of the department


Shriners hospital honored for reducing energy consumption

Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago wins the 2014 Energy to Care Award from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering


Pre-occupancy research can improve design

Pre-occupancy research helps establish design criteria for an inpatient floor build-out, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Upgrading the emergency department for increased volumes

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is driving the need for improved workflow and efficiency, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Clinics filling malls' empty spaces

Urgent-care clinics are becoming desirable tenants for mall owners and are a growing segment of the medical retail industry


Columbus hospital called among last 'billion-dollar jobs'

James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center may be the last of a breed


Green House projects are a new model for long-term care

The Green House atmosphere is homelike and the staff considers the residents to be their bosses


Rethinking designs for the aging

In an article on the Behavioral Healthcare website, blogger suggests designing spaces for symptoms instead of age


New Joint Commission standards available on website

Standards are posted on its website before they are officially published in the print manual format and online E-dition


Georgia hospice blends palliative healthcare with nature

Willson Hospice House in Albany has patient suites that open onto a patio that looks out onto natural grounds


New ED design responds to changing demographics

Visits to the emergency department have outpaced population growth


New hospital dining space honored for clean, sleek look

UC San Diego Health System's Thornton Hospital was honored by Healthcare Design's remodel/renovation competition, according to an article on the magazine website


The basics of lightning protection

The need for a lightning protection system is determined by the requirements of NFPA 70 and NFPA 780, a lightning risk assessment and the facility's insurance carrier


Indiana facility opens new surgery pavilion

St. Vincent Anderson Regional opens state-of-the-art surgery facility


New children's psychiatric facility planned in Richmond

New facility will replace 50-year-old hospital


Focusing on resilient design

Designing and building hospitals to withstand disaster


Langley hospital project honored

$62 million expansion project was named best project in a public sector building over $15 million


Missouri mental hospital designed to be safer

Fulton state hospital project bringing facility in line with modern mental health care philosophies and practices


Georgia medical center plans $18 million renovation

Floyd Medical Center in Rome to upgrade and rearrangement of the coronary care and intensive care units


Columbus children's hospital plans expansion

Nationwide Children's Hospital to add two new facilities near its downtown campus


Canadian addiction center reflects Catholic tradition

Interior spaces anchor the secular and religious life within Ontario's Southdown Institute, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Rethinking healthcare design to proactively improve care

New design discussions are focusing on 'regenerative space' and 'salutogenic design' to describe environments that promote health, according to a blog on the Healthcare Design website


Texas Children's Hospital plans Ebola treatment center

New eight-bed special isolation unit will cost approximately $16 million


Indiana senior facility honored for design

Wellbrooke of Westfield recognized for 'urban lodge' aesthetic and design


Nova Scotia hospital receives province's first LEED certification

Colchester East Hants Health Centre achieving top standards in the areas of water efficiency, recycling, composting and in the use of local materials


Designing a contingency plan for Ebola

Facility design can support staff best practices when preparing for another possible infectious disease outbreak, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Hospital focuses on 'food as medicine'

St. Joseph's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., maintains farms on hospital grounds


Integrating NICUs into hospitals

Blog on the Healthcare Design website looks at researching and benchmarking the integration of neonatal intensive care units into hospitals


Building information modeling can benefit space management

Automation and data can increase efficiency in healthcare facilities


Health system preparing for climate change

ThedaCare partners with the federal government to better weather the impacts of climate change


Lighting changes transform cancer center

Ambient lighting controls and natural daylight brighten a Florida cancer center, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Senior care facility upgraded to improve living experience

Illinois facility looking to recruit new residents while retaining current clients



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