Behavioral Health Issues in the ED
Jon Boyd, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, developed a white paper last spring, as an active member of the Hanley, Health Leadership Development team, which focused on improving the patient, staff and family experience for adolescents presenting behavioral health issues in the emergency department.
This year, Jon and fellow team members Geoffrey W. Fallon, MBA, IS Director of Patient Care Systems for MaineHealth, and Janice Siegle, BSOT, OTR/L, M.Ed, Director of the Rehabilitation Medicine Division at Maine Medical Center, presented to the emergency department physicians group at Maine Med and have been working with staff to implement strategies throughout the Maine Med system.
This research is timely, as easing pressure on the ED to improve behavioral health outcomes frees up space and staff, to focus on the increasing concern of opioid patients.
Eastern Maine Medical Center
A new kitchen and servery has just opened at Eastern Maine Medical Center. The project is part of a larger $305M modernization effort aimed at improving patient and staff satisfaction through a holistic approach to health and wellness. The new kitchen focuses on offering healthy, locally sourced foods with a new menu designed by a renowned chef. The servery offers guests a vibrantly designed food court with several options of food stations. The new layout connects to an open dining area which provides a gathering place and respite area. Through thoughtful phasing and the use of temporary facilities, E4H sequenced this renovation to minimize the impact to the hospital's food service work flow.
Electron Microscope Design
Design considerations for housing electron microscopes are explored in “Electron Microscopes Belong on the Moon.” The article written by Brian DiLuiso, AIA, Partner, and John Gillham, AIA, Associate, is featured in Laboratory Equipment Magazine. Read the Article
On the Boards
Central Hub for Kettering Health Network
A conceptional design for Kettering Health Network Outpatient Surgery Waiting and Café encompasses all the latest evidence based design and human needs that are vital in healthcare environments. The concept was developed based on Ohio’s native botany and referenced throughout the design to create soft forms and use of indigenous materials. The space is a destination in the hospital that includes an open lounge area for staff to patient interaction, a café with ample seating, natural day light, and connectivity to the outdoors. The space has a monumental greeters desk which acts as the central framework from which additional features spire. The space overlooks a lush evergreen botanical garden - a space of respite for patients and staff.