Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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MCDM AG.COM | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 23 Emerging trends, new realities help breathe new life into interior environments BY MARGI KAMINSKI & JOCELYN STROUPE Photo: Christopher Barrett Healthcare organizations are acutely aware the quality of their care environ- ments can directly lead to stronger outcomes for patients and staff . Every year, emerging research builds on this argument and fi nds new ways to link en- vironmental factors to care and business outcomes. Today, several clear forces are driving the evolution of healthcare interior envi- ronments, including: > The rise of consumerism in healthcare: Patients have more information and op- tions than ever before, and are using these resource s to compare healthcare options and drive decision-making. > Consolidation and real estate align- ment: The shift from volume- to value- based care and rising consumerism had led many health systems to realize con- solidation as a key business strategy. > Staff recruitment and retention: Per data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. will face a shortage of 61,700-94,700 physician pro- viders by 2025. This data is indicative of a growing talent gap in healthcare translat- ing to increased competition for top tal- ent, pushing more health systems to invest in workplaces that best meet personal and professional needs. > Brand recognition: Ongoing consoli- dation of health systems and the rise of consumerism are equating to the impor- tance of brand recognition. For patients, consumers can potentially identify a RESHAPING INTERIORS FOR STRONGER OUTCOMES

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