Luke O'Neill

Landscaping brings facility mission beyond walls

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital creates outdoor therapeutic program that addressed the physical and mental rehabilitation needs of patients

By Healthcare Facilities Today

When Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital had the chance to relocate in Boston and build a facility that’s custom tailored to its needs and patient population, the efforts and ideas weren’t confined to the interiors only, according to a blog by Healthcare Design magazine's senior editor, Anne DiNardo, in a recent blog on the magazine's website.

Spaulding worked with Boston's Copley Wolff Design Group to create a landscape design befitting a rehabilitation hospital.

"The design team took a “four-sided building approach” and applied outdoor elements to each. For example, the harbor side includes therapy trails with various paving materials and ramp heights so patients can work with their therapists in various settings as their abilities improve," DiNardo wrote.

This holistic approach allows Spaulding Rehabilitation to offer a variety of programs to patients and increase their opportunities to practice the real-world skills they need to re-master before leaving the facility, the blog said.

Read the blog.



January 10, 2014

Topic Area: Energy Efficiency

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