Category: Healthcare

Enloe Medical Center To Add Cancer Center In California

Nonprofit healthcare organization Enloe Medical Center (Chico, Calif.) is planning a comprehensive cancer center.

Situated on 13 acres, the 107,000-square-foot outpatient project will consolidate Enloe’s existing ambulatory cancer services across Chico into one location.

Scheduled to open by the end of 2025, the center will provide expanded services and programs, including diagnostics, screening and diagnostic imaging spaces, radiation oncology services supported by advanced linear accelerators and a brachytherapy vault, and infusion treatment spaces.

The project team includes HGA (design; Sacramento, Calif.), Buehler Engineering Inc. (structural engineer; Sacramento), Swinerton (builder; San Francisco), ECOM Engineering (electrical and low-voltage engineer; Sacramento), Weston & Associates (MEP; Sacramento), Criterion (medical equipment planner; Auburn, Calif.), and NorthStar (civil engineer; Chico, Calif.).

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PHOTO TOUR: Children’s Pavilion At Children’s Hospital Of The King’s Daughters’

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters’ (CHKD) Children’s Pavilion in Norfolk, Va., is a new, 14-story psychiatric hospital and outpatient tower created to fill a pressing need for pediatric mental health care services.

Opened in July 2022, the $224 million tower integrates comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization mental health services with primary and specialty physician practices, lab and imaging services, and an innovative conference and training center. The core principle that shaped the program and manifests physically in the design is that access to mental health services should be convenient and visible to all in need.

Designing for safety was a core tenet: for the patients, for staff, and for family members. An early commitment was made to integrate families into the care model. All patient sleep rooms are designed for single patients, but an additional sleep surface is incorporated to allow for one parent, after clearance, to stay

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Rethinking Healthcare Design To Help Solve Industry Pain Points

David JaegerThe U.S. healthcare system has been profoundly affected by the pandemic, accelerating the pace of moving people out of the hospital and into outpatient settings. Moving the treatment of less critical or severe conditions off the hospital campus can help reduce exposure and transmission and enables the hospital to focus on long-term and highly specific care. Within hospital environments, healthcare clients are rethinking how to plan spaces for flexibility while ensuring patient and staff safety.

These efforts are driving new approaches to healthcare facilities, including the design of patient rooms and location of core services.

Rethinking patient room design

Within hospitals today, the patient care unit has seen some of the most significant pressure to become more resilient and flexible post pandemic. Specifically, there’s demand to be able to ramp up and down the number of active beds while still supporting patient and staff safety. This has accelerated the need

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Reflections on the healthcare environment in 2022, and thoughts on the year ahead

The past 12 months have allowed the nation and our healthcare organizations to work toward achieving a new normal in terms of patient care delivery and the management of our information services teams.

Two of the most significant trends of 2022 were the transition of COVID-19 toward endemic status and the impact of the “great resignation” – particularly within our clinical communities.

Many healthcare systems faced the departure of front line clinicians, who bore the brunt of the pandemic, and left the healthcare space in droves. A significant void in personnel remained with the significant task to maintain clinical operations.

While leaders in the industry addressed this situation by using the services of temporary staffing agencies to supplement and provide the necessary clinical talent, it created financial strain on medical establishments at a substantial cost that was much more than budgeted.

This scenario, along with other supply chain and inflationary

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How To Refresh Technology In Healthcare Facilities

Technology has played an increasing role in the delivery of healthcare over the last 20 years, driven by the expansion of the internet, Wi-Fi, and network-based systems.

From building automation and control, nurse call, television, motorized shade specifications, and IT-based interactive patient and locating systems to medical equipment such as IV pumps, smart patient beds, and other auxiliary equipment, the quantity of systems to be integrated in today’s healthcare environments is staggering.

However, hospital technology implementations often don’t meet functional requirements and clinical needs. This is because the functionality for new technologies are not being sufficiently defined nor implemented correctly. Issues include improper device locations, misunderstood technology utilization, scope issues, technology changes, and necessary adaptable spaces.

Design teams can help healthcare providers improve outcomes by assisting clinicians, IT and facilities staff, and administrators in understanding the realistic capabilities of healthcare technology.

Breaking down challenges

Oftentimes challenges arise during the procurement

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UCLA Health Selects Project Team For New Neuropsychiatric Hospital

UCLA Health (Los Angeles) has selected the project team to transform the former 175,000-square foot Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles into a neuropsychiatric hospital.

Global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm HOK (Los Angeles) and construction firm McCarthy Building Companies Inc. (Los Angeles) will serve as the design-build team for the project. The facility will provide services for adult, geriatric, child, adolescent, and intensive care patients.

UCLA Health’s inpatient neuropsychiatric program is currently housed in the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on UCLA’s Westwood campus in Los Angeles. The facility’s 74 inpatient psychiatric beds will be relocated to the new hospital, which will include space for additional beds, bringing the facility’s total bed count to 119.

Plans also call for 20 observation beds, as well as imaging, a pharmacy, lab areas, and administrative offices.

Trauma-informed design features will include distributed therapy

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Tips for being an effective healthcare IT leader, in 2023 and beyond

I have been reflecting as 2022 winds down, realizing that as healthcare IT leaders prepare for a new year, there will be many headwinds facing our future path. Although it’s been almost three years since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, leading healthcare IT organizations has never been more challenging.

What worked for many years in terms of leading technology teams is often no longer enough in today’s new healthcare setting. The skills, traits and experience that made leaders successful in the past continues to change direction and evolve as the fallout from the great resignation and remote working impact the workforce.

I’d like to share, from my experience, several strategies that IT leaders may benefit to focus on as we move into 2023 and beyond to maximize retention and productivity.

Assuming that you have a healthy organizational culture, having your finger on the pulse of the environment and setting your sights

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Reasons To Celebrate – HCD Magazine

Debra LevinAt the end of every Healthcare Design Conference + Expo, I have the same thought: “This was our best year ever.” The 2022 event in San Antonio was no exception, and I’m not alone in my sentiments. In the days following, I saw countless social media posts echoing the same response.

This year felt extra special for many reasons. Though we were able to gather together last year in Cleveland, we were fewer, and people were still being very cautious. There were more fist bumps than hugs, and many friends and colleagues I saw only from the eyes up.

From day one of this year’s conference, the energy was tangible. People were excited to be together to learn and celebrate our accomplishments as a community. And celebrate we did.

There was a packed house when A. Ray Pentecost III, director of The Center for Health Systems and Design, was

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PHOTO TOUR: Friend Health Center

Friend Health wanted to establish a project that serves medically underserved areas within Chicago’s neighborhoods, particularly in the city’s South Side area.

The resulting Friend Family Health Center in the Woodlawn neighborhood is certified as a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides low-cost services to residents in need, regardless of insurance, financial status, or immigration status.

Designed by Moody Nolan (Columbus) and built by construction firm Powers and Sons (Chicago), the project spans two stories and displays a welcoming facade to the neighborhood. The building entrances are aligned with public transportation routes to encourage accessibility.

A mural on the exterior of the facility celebrates the history and diversity of the Woodlawn community, as well. Painted by local muralist Rahmaan Statik Barnes, the piece uses warmth, color, and connectedness to feature “living legends” from Woodlawn, including  Pemon Rami, Takalayah Barnes, Atiyah RunTings, Afrika Porter, Lesle Honore, Rahmaan Statik, and Masequa Myers.

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Cause And Effect – HCD Magazine

As the temperatures finally dip here in the Midwest and we have our first dusting of snow on the ground, I can’t help but be grateful to stay inside and enjoy some quiet moments—for a couple of good reasons.

It was a dizzying late summer/early fall, as our Healthcare Design team produced both our HCD Forum event in September and then just three weeks later our Healthcare Design Conference + Expo in October. In between the two, my family and I moved to a new house. (I’d say thankfully it’s just one mile from our previous house, but we’ve come to realize moving is a nightmare regardless of distance.)

And as we’ve settled into our new place and work to make it our own—and are repeatedly exasperated by the laundry list of to-dos that come with loving a century-old home—I’m reminded of why we ended up here in the first

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