RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

HCD FEATURES MERCY MEDICAL CENTER

Mercy Medical Center's $15M Sister Caritas Cancer Center consolidated outpatient cancer care programs in one 26,000SF comprehensive and collaborative space. 

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THE ART OF EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT DESIGN

Partners Jerry Switzer, AIA, NCARB, ACHA, and Dale Taglienti, LEED AP reveal The Art of Emergency Department (ED) Design. Read the Article

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VR IN DESIGN OF HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTS

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.

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Attachment: VR and the Design of Healthcare Environments
HAIO PATIENT ROOM CHALLENGE

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.

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HEALTHCARE DESIGN FEATURES ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL

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. 

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Attachment: HCD 2015 St. Jospeh.pdf
HEALTHCARE DESIGN FEATURES COHEN CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

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. 

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Attachment: HCD 2014 Cohen.pdf
FACILITY DESIGN WITH THE PATIENTS AT THE CENTER

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. 

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Attachment: Facility Design with the Patients at the Center
BLYTHEDALE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FEATURED IN ARCHITECTURAL AND INTERIOR DESIGN SHOWCASE

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. 

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Attachment: HCD 2013 Blythedale.pdf
THE HEALTHCARE FACILITY DESIGN PROCESS; THE IMPERATIVE FOR INVOLVING PATIENTS AND FAMILIES

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. 

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Attachment: The Healthcare Facility Design Process; the Imperative for Involving Patients and Families
DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK MULTISPECIALTY BUILDING SHOWCASED

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. 

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Attachment: HCD 2012 Dartmouth.pdf
CENTRAL MAINE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT FEATURED

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.

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Attachment: HCD 2011 CMMC.pdf
HEALTHCARE DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS CVPH MEDICAL CENTER

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.  

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Attachment: HCD 2011 CVPH Spread.pdf
CAN SINGLE ROOMS PAY FOR THEMSELVES? RESEARCHING THE EVIDENCE

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.

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Attachment: Can Single Rooms Pay for Themselves? Researching the Evidence
INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL SHOWCASE HIGHLIGHTS RABIN MEDICAL CENTER

The project is to relocate inpatient services from a nearby campus to a 1,000-bed medical center campus, which is the flagship hospital for the largest healthcare system in Israel.

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Attachment: HCD 2010 Rabin.pdf
EASTERN MAINE MEDICAL CENTER IN ARCHITECTURAL SHOWCASE

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.

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MAINE MEDICAL CENTER'S SCARBOROUGH SURGERY CENTER FEATURED

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.

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Attachment: HCD 2008 MMC.pdf