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Change-ready hospitals: getting what we say we want

11 November 2008

Healthcare Design '08 - Washington, DC

Angela Watson, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
David Hanitchak, Director of Planning and Construction, Partners Healthcare
Stephen Kendall, Professor of Architecture, Ball State

The problems of rising costs and the disruption of churn in hospitals are widespread. The metabolism of hospital planning and construction is slower than demands for adaptability to accommodate new practices, code requirements, and technologies. To accomplish these changes, it is important to look beyond the differences among specific projects to see general principles in the behavior of physical facilities over time.