Recently, Pat Malick and I were invited to present a webinar sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and their Academy of Architecture for Health. We focused the presentation around our work with the administrative and clinical teams at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD), sharing how we developed a framework for behavioral health […]

CHALLENGE With mental health services the top specialty identified in community health needs assessments in recent surveys, this respected health system identified increasing access to services as a priority for operational and care delivery improvements. Both an increase is specialty bed capacity as well as shortening the length of time for new outpatient appointments is […]

Challenge With mental health services the top specialty identified in community health needs assessments in recent surveys, this respected health system identified increasing access to services as a priority for operational and care delivery improvements. Increasing specialty bed capacity and shortening the length of time for new outpatient appointments are informing the design. Solution Array, […]

I was introduced to healthcare architecture while contributing to the completion of a new adult inpatient behavioral center that redefined how a patient’s environment of care can enhance their response to mental and behavioral health treatment programs. The adult building was one of several new facilities that initiated an entire campus redevelopment aimed at improving […]

Challenge Array was engaged to design an open floor plan with optimal sightlines within a complex of buildings nearing the century mark as NewVista Healthcare endeavored to provide much needed behavioral health beds to the region. Solution In order to accommodate the requested 80 inpatient beds, half dedicated to senior patients, the team worked closely […]

Across the US, the demand for inpatient behavioral health services continues to surge, particularly within the child and adolescent demographic. According to a CDC/NCHS study, 6% of youth ages 12 to 19 are being treated with psychotropic medication for a psychiatric disorder or condition. Coupled with research that indicates one in five Americans live with […]

FGI Guidelines 2018: Behavioral Health

The FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction has been used for decades to implement minimum standards for healthcare buildings. What began as a federal document to implement Congressional legislation from 1946 has since evolved into a document reviewed and revised on a regular cycle of four years.

This blog was featured in MC+D’s December 2018 E-Newsletter. Read that version here.  As part of a multi-site Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) for Mercy Health, Array converted a shuttered med/surg floor at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky. This project was not without the inherent challenges of making a non-behavioral health space compliant, safe and comfortable […]