Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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MCDM AG.COM | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 47 is a good standard for way-knowing. After they take three turns, people are more likely to get lost and become frustrated, generating stress. Keeping a simple layout that is easy to navigate without excessive directions or maps enhances the patient experience and the appeal of the space. Similarly appealing are patient rooms that accentuate the use of natural day- light and provide views to the outside. They feel spacious and welcoming, even when designed with maximum effi ciency. Beyond views to nature, courtyards within the facility can give respite to occupants. One successful approach to harnessing the serenity of nature is to engage the fi ve senses by bringing in textures and aromas that can make it feel more immersive. Calming water features and opportuni- ties to view other species' habitats — such as bird sanctuaries and beehives — are un- expected in a healthcare facility and give people a chance to expand their perspec- tive. Patients and families who have a posi- tive experience will share good feelings about the building, and patient satisfaction numbers and HCAHPS results will refl ect that. Getting the desired results is all about providing a positive patient experience, and a wellness-focused design is the key to achieving those results. New town center As the healthcare industry changes, facility design will shift to integrate with the surrounding landscape, exercising infl uence over the community by promot- ing benefi cial wellness and sustainability. Many communities throughout human history have been focused on a central building — cathedral, government build- ing, town squares. The hospital can become the next itera- tion of that community focal point — the new town center — having a generative eff ect infl uencing a focus on health and wellness, driving pedestrian circulation and public transportation, organizing district-wide infrastructure and resources, forging social interaction and off ering new options for community recreation. With the sense of urgency that ac- companies a shift in the healthcare model, and the need to stay competitive, there is also great opportunity for leaders to look far beyond their site borders and pioneer vibrant, well-integrated community well- being. Timothy J. Spence, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, is regional director with BSA LifeStructures. He can be reached at or 919- 740-4649. A-8459-0418 ©2018 LATICRETE International, Inc. All trademarks shown are the intellectual properties of their respective owners. | 1.800.243.4788 SPARTACOTE ™ FLEX PURE ™ Clinical Plus D octors' Off ice s Waiting Roo m s High Traffic Areas Operating Roo m s g P atient Roo m s Bat h room s Q Mitigates microbial growth Q Fast return to service Q Easy maintenance Q Dozens of colors and textures Q Safe, high traction flooring A Silver Ion, Antimicrobial Coating for Demanding Floors.

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