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 27 Aluflam has a complete offering of true extruded aluminum fire-rated vision doors, windows and glazed wall systems, fire-rated for up to 120 minutes. Available in all architectural finishes, our products are almost indistinguishable from non-fire-rated doors and windows. You won't have to compromise aesthetics to satisfy safety regulations. Fire-Rated Aluminum Window And Door Systems Fire Resistant. Design Consistent. Photo: Nick Merrick ©Hendrich Blessing Aluflam North America 562-926-9520 aluflam-usa.com organizations to turn toward other industries that have adjusted more nimbly to this workplace challenge. Often, health systems will have workplace strategy teams conduct workplace surveys, develop focus groups and shadow employees to understand how they work today, how they'd like to work tomorrow and the space challenges preventing such evolution. Health systems on the leading edge of this trend have adopted broad responses to this data, including the University of Minnesota Health's elimination of dedicated private offi ces in their Clinics and Surgery Center to the adoption of hoteling stations for independent work, and large collaborative spaces that unite both staff and ideas. These shifts not only ensure more sophisticated real estate allocation and reduced operations and maintenance costs, but should also lower costs related to employee turnover and retention long into the future. Healthcare's retail revolution Hospitals are moving beyond adding a gift shop on the ground fl oor toward extensive and strategic retail programs spanning ev- erything from pharmacies to shopping and dining options. Northwestern Medicine's Lavin Family Pavilion, located in Chicago, Illinois, exemplifi es this trend with the inclusion of a Walgreens Pharmacy, vi- sion center and multiple dining off erings. Kettering Cancer Center's Renew Boutique and Spa in Ohio is another example as it of- fers an upscale atmosphere where patients and family can access specialty items and services designed just for cancer patients. In providing these retail options, healthcare organizations are catering to the growing consumerism in healthcare and also providing increased levels of convenience and service for their patients, staff and their families. These one-stop- shop models help diff erentiate certain care providers from others and can enrich communities and enhance local brand reputation. When designed appropriately, these spaces can also be valuable sources for respite and relaxation during stressful moments in the care process. Beyond introducing new retail oppor- tunities, health systems are also infusing hospitality design concepts into lobbies and waiting rooms. Moving away from the sterile, crowded lobby spaces of the past, health systems are designing spaces to create memorable experiences more akin to a luxury hotel or comfortable home setting. UCSD Health's Jacobs Medical Center, located in La Jolla, California, is one example as it introduces a high-design aesthetic with hospitality-inspired fi nishes and furniture. When entering the lobby, visitors get a fi rst glimpse at the hospital's 150-piece therapeutic art collection incor- porated throughout the facility. With healthcare organizations keenly focused on design's potential to improve both user experiences and outcomes, it is an exciting moment for healthcare interiors. Leading health systems and designers are piloting numerous strategies and achieving valuable results that will enhance healthcare interior environments for generations. Margi Kaminski, ASID, and Jocelyn Stroupe, IIDA, AAHID, EDAC, co-lead CannonDesign's healthcare interiors practice. Lavin: Tom Rossiter; Rady: Christopher Barrett

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