Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2015

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ccording to the American Cancer Society, it's estimated that there were over 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses in the U.S. in 2014, with the number increas- ing globally each year. With this number of cases, it is reasonable to assume that regional health cen- ters will be expanding facilities to provide services to accommodate these patients. A community-based approach to the delivery of health- care also suggests the best way to treat these patients is by providing service in their own areas — mini- mizing the expense and stress of going to a larger, perhaps unfamil- iar, metropolitan location for care. Healing Gardens… Therapeutic Gardens… Contemplative Gardens… Ecotherapy Gardens… All manner of terms have arisen in recent years to describe land- scapes being incorporated into healthcare facilities. There is considerable research indicat- ing that measurable positive outcomes can be achieved when patients have access to nature. Blood pressure, stress levels, requests for pain medication and hospital stays can all go down, so it is logical that these spaces have an important place in the healthcare environment, and particularly a cancer center. Tips for designing today's cancer center gardens By Lydia Kimball to Harmony Small water elements can be easily incorporated into a garden. > Perennials, such as daisies, provide a familiar and cheerful garden detail.> Visible from all levels, the gardens are a welcoming presence. As trees mature, they will provide privacy to people in the garden. 42 Medical Construction & Design | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2015 | MCDM AG.COM

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