CHoNY20PICU_Array20Architects-932305-edited There are unique aspects to healthcare design, pediatric design and in particular, the design of world-class academic institutions in urban environments. In the past, I’ve discussed my top 10 list for pediatric waiting room design. Pediatric inpatient units of the future must not only respond to known, documented evidence-based design attributes, but planning considerations and design must be visionary in response to a rapidly changing future. Continue Reading →
AntePartum_Unit_NYPres There are many factors to consider when evaluating medical/surgical (med/surg) nursing unit size and configuration, including the number of beds per unit; staffing levels; patient acuity levels; centralized or decentralized nursing strategies; same-handed configuration; toilet room location and size; and support space location. Continue Reading →
3933_N504_medium1 Featured in FacilityCare, October 2015. The design of pediatric healthcare facilities presents a myriad of design considerations and opportunities beyond those addressed in the adult realm. Today’s clinical modalities can be frightening. The institutional hospital environment can be intimidating to both young patients and their families. The pediatric patient’s needs and perceptions, as they relate to the delivery of healthcare in the clinical environment, require a unique design sensitivity that comes with experience and expertise.  The waiting environment is a point of first impression. While the goal is to minimize waiting, it is important to provide an orderly, clean and calm yet engaging environment and to design a space that is both adaptable and comfortable. Many factors go into planning and designing a pediatric waiting room. These are my top ten. Continue Reading →
Waiting1 A result of reform, research and technology, the healthcare industry is rapidly changing, with the common goal to improve population health. While individual choices, corporate behavior and environment influence one’s health, healthcare entities have a significant role in the management of their communities’ health. Investing in health and wellness can save money in the long run. Education and outreach enable individuals to understand the impact of personal choices. Early diagnosis and treatment, as well as chronic disease management, are less costly than treatment of advanced disease. These initiatives are augmenting the trend toward care provided in an acute care environment – in outpatient facilities today and, perhaps, with virtual visits in the future. As our healthcare system continues to evolve into an ambulatory-oriented and patient-centric model of care, it is becoming more common to see the development of multi-disciplinary practice sites. These care centers can create a competitive edge for healthcare organizations and can improve provider satisfaction while, most importantly, benefiting patients. Such practice sites support a team-based approach among healthcare workers of varying disciplines working side-by-side to provide specific services to patients based on their needs and a provider’s area of expertise. Continue Reading →
ArrayArchWmsSrvcs3 The Veterans Administration (VA) has recognized the importance of providing female-specific services and has embarked on a national initiative to invest in VA Women’s Health Services. Their Mission is to “address the healthcare needs of female veterans and ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive healthcare services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide.” In addition to primary and gynecological care, sites may also provide outpatient and specialty care as well as mental health services. Each center is led by a Program Manager to assist women and help coordinate their care.   Continue Reading →
Array-Posts_Featured-Image Women’s health matters and the facilities that support the delivery of women’s services impact the care and results. I have a passion for women’s health having worked on the majority of Array’s women’s projects over the course of my 30-year career.  Continue Reading →
Alpha_featured Published by Facility Care, November 14, 2013 We all know what MD and PhD stand for after someone’s name. Have you ever wondered what the initials behind your architect’s or interior designer’s name mean? Continue Reading →
SONY DSC I am proud to have spent my career focused on healthcare architecture.  Not only does the specialty move me as a planner and designer; it has great relevance in the world today. Continue Reading →