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Couplets, integrated care, and new space demands: How is NICU room design changing?

Monday, 29 February 2016

Scott Mueller, AIAWhat trends can pediatric hospitals, staff, and patient families expect to see in NICU design? Family-forward design and strategies for addressing market and functional pressures.

Several of the sessions at the Gravens Conference on neonatal intensive care earlier this month focused on strategies for enhancing the NICU experience for parents and other family members. As a parent of a former NICU baby and now a healthcare architect for a firm with an extensive pediatric hospital portfolio, I found this heartening.

Among the new parent-supportive room types are

- Couplet Care Rooms, which combine the functions ...[more]

New access to care in Connecticut

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Shepley Bulfinch healthcare team and Yale New Haven Health System’s recently celebrated the opening of Park Avenue Medical Center in Trumbull, Connecticut. The 100,000 s.f. facility provides access to quality outpatient care in southwestern Connecticut with a range of hospital and health system services that include ambulatory surgery, cancer treatment, radiology, urgent and primary care, and breast care.

“It was really exciting to see a massive swath of parking lots transform into a unified campus. I think the most successful part of the design actually has nothing to do with the exceptional healthcare design and care provided, those are a given,” said project manager Mike Gailey. “The ‘secret healing garden’ ...[more]

Ground broken for Oishei Children’s Hospital

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Oishei Children's HospitalHealth care for the children and families of Western New York took a major leap forward October 8, as Kaleida Health held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, designed by Shepley Bulfinch. The new hospital will replace the current Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Physicians, employees, donors, elected officials, and other dignitaries were on hand to kick off construction on the new $270 million facility. Lt. Governor Robert Duffy was the event’s keynote speaker.

“Today we move closer to making the promise of the best in pediatric care ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch selected for Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Shepley Bulfinch has been chosen for the physician-led plan to construct a new Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (NY) on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).

“Shepley Bulfinch was selected for their expertise in designing clinically complex facilities that emphasize patient- and family-centered care and operational efficiency as well as distinctive architectural forms for many other children’s and women’s hospitals,” said Teresa Quattrin, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and Professor of Pediatrics, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of New York at Buffalo.

“Shepley Bulfinch’s approach to our project demonstrates their understanding that collaboration and participation are essential to its success,” said Kevin Fitzpatrick, MD, Chief of Service, OB/GYN, Kaleida Health. ...[more]

National honors for Dartmouth-Hitchcock design

Thursday, 20 March 2014

ACHA project Legacy AwardThe American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has named Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center one of two recipients of ACHA’s inaugural Legacy Project Awards. The awards were presented in Orlando on March 18 at the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Planning, Design, and Construction Summit.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock represents a paradigm shift in hospital design, incorporating and foretelling some of the most significant healthcare delivery and design issues of the past 25 years. This includes

- A patient- and family-centered campus
- A focus on managing first cost and ongoing operational costs with a series of connected, yet discrete buildings
...[more]

Detroit’s new pediatric specialty care center opens

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Detroit celebrated its new home for pediatric specialty care today with blowing bubbles, a youth chorus, and a marching band at the Grand Opening of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center on the campus of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC).

The $43 million specialty center represents the first completed structure following Vanguard Health Systems’ acquisition of DMC and marks the first major expansion for the campus in nearly 30 years.

The ceremony included remarks from DMC CEO Michael Duggan; Vanguard Chairman and CEO Charles Martin; and DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan ...[more]

Evaluating different models of ambulatory care

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Aliber_150x150_72dpiHow do different ambulatory care models deliver care? What are the implications in terms of size, location, and staffing? How are new technologies allowing higher-acuity cases to be treated off site?

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA, writes about changing approaches to ambulatory patient care in “Ambulatory environments: eight ways hospitals are reaching out to their communities,” which appears in the January 2016 issue of Health Facilities Management magazine. This piece takes forward issues Jennifer addressed in presentations at the 2015 ASHE PDC conference and Healthcare Design ’15.

“Ambulatory environments,” Health Facilities Management, January 2016

Ambulatory care strategies and design implications

18 March 2015

ASHE PDC Summit, San Antonio, TX

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA, Shepley Bulfinch
Phil DeBruzzi, FACHE, Blue Cottage Consulting