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Processes and technologies that help design, track, and maintain healthy, resilient, effective healthcare facilities and systems.

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As designers, we support healthcare providers in fulfilling their oath: first, do no harm. What happens when we merge those oaths in the context of society’s most challenging patients: mental health patients? This research exploration takes an historical tour of how society stereotyped mental health patients and neglected their environmental needs, with the goal of transforming mental health environments.

By David Treece (Smith Group),
Hari Priya Rangarajan (),
Jordan Thompson (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Health, Healthcare, Process

This article outlines the use of process modeling at Perkins+Will to determine the appropriate size of waiting spaces and number of seats for outpatient clinics in a medical office building in the Southeast. Inputs to the process model included provider schedules, length of time for each process during a patient’s visit, and probabilities of the number of people accompanying each patient to a visit.

By Marvina Williams (Perkins+Will),
Sudhan Chinnappan (HCA),
Amanda Mewborn (Piedmont Healthcare)
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  |  Channel: Health, Healthcare

Healthcare Environments tend to use color, pattern, and childlike imagery liberally to reduce perceived pain and stress. This paper examines the effectiveness of this strategy across pediatric age groups.

By Samira Pasha (Texas A&M University),
Jamie Huffcut (Gensler),
Tama Duffy Day (Gensler)
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  |  Channel: Health, Healthcare, Process

This article outlines the use of a Lean design process, enabled by simulation modeling, to determine the appropriate size of an emergency department based on current patient volumes and projected patient volumes in 12 years. The results of the study were used to reduce facility size and construction costs without compromising on patient care.

By Marvina Williams (Perkins+Will),
Amanda Mewborn (Piedmont Healthcare),
Sudhan Chinnappan (HCA)
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  |  Channel: Health, Healthcare, Process

A Perkins+Will design team used lean modeling to reduce patient wait times at a large hospital. This hospital had over 100,000 annual emergency visits, and often had no open exam rooms and waiting areas during peak hours. The design team optimized operations to increase capacity and decrease wait time while minimizing new construction.

By Amanda Mewborn (Piedmont Healthcare),
Marvina Williams (Perkins+Will),
Jeff Tyner (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Healthcare, Process

The Grady Health System Ponce de Leon Center is a comprehensive outpatient clinic for treatment of HIV and AIDS. The Center sought to retain and attract more patients in ongoing care at the Center. The project employed a Lean perspective to identify opportunities to improve operations and the built environment to that end.

By Amanda Mewborn (Piedmont Healthcare),
Jeff Tyner (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Energy, Healthcare, Technology

This article reviews Waste to Energy (WTE) technologies that are currently available and how the healthcare sector can employ these for waste management and revenue generation.

By Vandana Gupta (Perkins+Will)