New children's hospitals showcase family-centric design

The efforts of several major children's hospitals to upgrade their facilities to be more patient and family friendly highlights the ongoing trend in patient-centric healthcare design — with the end goal being the creation of an environment more conducive to healing.

By Healthcare Facilities Today


The efforts of several major children’s hospitals to upgrade their facilities to be more patient and family friendly highlights the ongoing trend in patient-centric healthcare design — with the end goal being the creation of an environment more conducive to healing. 

The Wall Street Journal reports hospitals are convening family councils to discover their specific facility needs before hiring architects to design spaces. 

In the article, Steve Allen, CEO of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, said healthcare providers are beginning to accept the importance of making families comfortable and allowing parents to stay around the clock if they choose. 

This is important to the children’s care, because according to the WSJ, a small group of studies shows family involvement in hospitals can help speed patent recovery and shorten stays. 

Additionally, next year will be the first year the Facilities Guidelines Institute publishes specific guidelines for new construction and renovation of children’s hospitals, according to the WSJ. The recommendations include eliminating shared patient rooms in favor of private rooms, providing parents with comfortable sleeping accommodations and using noise-reducing materials.  

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January 17, 2013


Topic Area: Architecture , Industry News


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