Friday, 20 September 2013
A new Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) opened to patients earlier this month at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois, consolidating previously scattered cardiovascular services in one location.
The HVI, which provides inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular services, occupies the first two floors of the nine-story tower designed by Shepley Bulfinch. HVI’s new facilities include eight catheterization labs and the relocation of cardiac intensive care. The cardiovascular center stands alongside the neuroscience and intensive care units in the new building.
“It was our goal to achieve a building where a patient could have the care for their ...[more]
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
LEED certification for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center-Detroit sends a powerful message: helping children grow up healthy starts with a healthy environment. The Center, which was completed in 2012, is the first LEED-certified project on the hospital’s urban campus.
“We are very pleased to offer our patients and families and staff this facility built just for them,” says Herman Gray, MD, president, DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “Knowing that the building is also LEED certified supports our mission to continually work to improve the ...[more]
Monday, 11 February 2013
The University of Houston celebrated its broadening impact in health care research and care with the dedication of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building on February 5.
Speaking at the ceremony, University of Houston president and chancellor Renu Khator noted the center’s role in advancing research and education for the University of Houston, a Carnegie Foundation Tier One Research Institution.
The facility, which houses teaching, research, and clinical facilities, includes the home of the Texas Institute for Measurement Evaluation and Statistics and the Molly and Doug Barnes Vision Institute, which ...[more]
Friday, 14 December 2012
While ADA standards for accessible design strive to provide persons with disabilities the same ease of use and access in a building as a person without disability, they do not take into account the needs of the visually impaired. Unlike patients who are blind, those with low vision have limited sight, and must deal with difficulties that include lack of depth perception, clarity, and the ability to distinguish foreground and background.
To accommodate this patient population, in addition to meeting ADA accessibility requirements related to mobility, the toilet rooms at the Vision Rehabilitation Center (VRC) at Mass Eye and Ear had to address these challenges.
It was clear from the ...[more]
Thursday, 27 September 2012
What are the trade-offs when you design a patient bathroom? How do you navigate the balancing act of optimizing patient safety and ADA compliance?
Healthcare principal Jennifer Aliber discusses these in “Safety zone: designing the danger out of patient bathrooms” in the September issue of Health Facilities Management magazine.
The article also features two sidebars: one by Cindy Lee on bathroom design for the visually impaired and one by Ray Gerbi on infection control.
“Safety Zone,” Health Facilities Management, September 2012