RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS
Shifts in patient demographics have implications on the design of healthcare facilities and how services are rendered. Architects and other project team members will need to rethink their planning and design strategies to address patients’ changing mobility requirements, minimize falls, and improve caregivers’ abilities to monitor at-risk patients. Read the article by Regan Henry, PhD, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, LSSBB.
Renaldo Pesson, NCIDQ, IIDA, AAIA, Associate Partner, discusses how lighting design influences optimum health care and better performing facilities.
Mercy Medical Center's $15M Sister Caritas Cancer Center consolidated outpatient cancer care programs in one 26,000SF comprehensive and collaborative space.
E4H and IrisVR seek to provide a solid foundation of the understanding of virtual reality in this research presentation. The team explores various ways healthcare professionals and design teams can use VR to achieve maximum benefit throughout both design and construction. Watch the Video.
The Healthcare Associated Infections Organization (HAIO) was started in Boston to bring together hospitals and designers with the common interest of exploring how design, materials, and operations can impact hospital acquired infections in the inpatient setting. MorrisSwitzer is an active member of the group and recently participated in the HAIO Patient Room Challenge.
The Challenge asked design firms to propose novel ideas to increase infection control in patient rooms. MorrisSwitzer's proposed Bio-Inspired Patient Room centered upon 3 concepts:
- Establish distinct clean and semi-clean environments: The patient bathroom and wet components are removed from the immediate patient care environment to foster a clean zone area around the patient. Housekeeping will be able to access the patient bathroom without disturbing the clean patient environment. Ease of patient access to the bathroom is maintained via hands-free operation of all doors.
- Create a Care Cocoon for the patient which completely envelopes them with patient-care technology.
- Utilize surfaces and curved or coved material intersections that do not allow for the collection and advancement of bacteria. Anti-microbial surfaces would be specified throughout. In addition, flush mount technology, lighting, glazing, entertainments, and storage would be utilized to avoid small corners that would inhibit cleaning.
Hospital based staff from Brigham and Women's Hospital as well as Mass General Hospital reviewed the proposed designs and will incorporate the top ideas into a prototype room at one of the participating hospitals.
St. Joseph's growing internal medicine practices have been consolidated in this new 23,000-square-foot medical office building. The practice is an accredited Patient-Centered Medical Home with both the National Committee for Quaility Assurance and Stage A for Medicaid.
The new addition to Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York is located on the North Shore Long Island Jewish campus. The parcel was bound by campus roadways and the existing children's hospital, which led to the building's angular shape. This orientation also serves to provide greater access to natural light for new and existing patient rooms.
Partner Jennifer Arbuckle, AIA, LEED AP, presented research "Facility Design with the Patients at the Center," with Dartmouth Hitchcock's VP of Community Group Practices, Christine Schon, MPA, FACMPE, at the Medical Group Management Association 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
The mission of Blythedale Children's Hospital is to improve the health and quality of life of children with complex medical illnesses and conditions. Given the extraordinarily tight site constraints, this design solution had to be limited in its footprint yet provide substantial space for patients and their families, as well as the multidisciplinary staff at the core of the hospital's caregiving approach.
Partner Bill Repichowskyj, AIA, presented “The Healthcare Facility Design Process; the Imperative for Involving Patients and Families” in an educational session at the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Annual Meeting with Dawn LeBaron, VP of Hospital Services, of Fletcher Allen Health Care.
This new five-story medical office building is truly an example of innovations in an ambulatory care setting. Completed earlier this year, the 154,00-square-foot multispecialty clinic provides an inspired ambulatory environment that includes urgent care, and improves every patient's access to care, keeping them out of the hospital.
Home to one of its state's busiest Emergency Departments with more than 50,000 visits per year, Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) is a Level Two Trauma Center and Home base for the LifeFlight of Maine's medical helicopter. To accommodate the growing emergency visit demand, CMMC is undergoing a multiphase renovation and expansion upgrade to its existing facility.
Marked as the largest, single construction project in the history of CVPH Medical Center, the surgery project focused on the numerous departments and areas of the hospital in need of expansion, relocation, or upgrade,. A major component to the project was the renovation of the hospital’s main entrance and lobby. Prior to the renovation, the hospital’s outdated lobby was small, narrow, and worn. Simply put, it did not resemble the quality and level of care for which the medical center is known.
Founding Partner Jerry Switzer, AIA, ACHE, wrote and researched "Can Single Rooms Pay for Themselves? Researching the Evidence." The research was presented at the annual ASHE/PDC Summit March 4-7 in Phoenix, Arizona. The MorrisSwitzer team discussed savings involved in single-bed vs. multi-bed rooms using select criteria.
Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) is the largest comprehensive medical center and primary healthcare provider to the state’s central, eastern, and northern regions. As many surrounding rural hospitals have downsized to Critical Access designation, a significant increase in inpatient acuity and population has generated the need for EMMC to expand and update its inpatient care services with the design of a new state-of-the-art eight-story inpatient tower.
The new freestanding Scarborough Surgery Center for Maine Medical Center was designed to be the premier outpatient surgical facility serving the southern Maine region. This state-of-the-art facility decompresses the surgical volume at their two Portland campuses, bringing outpatient surgical services to a setting that is comfortable and reassuring for patients and their families.