Imagining a Family Centered Cancer Care Environment

Last year, I found a competition that I really wanted to do, but ran out of time. This year, I'm excited to see they're hosting another competition for a Family-Centered Cancer Care Environment. I hope to compete this year. You should to. Today's Writing101 prompt asks you to travel to a room, so I figured …

Gender Bias in Healthcare Design?

I don't run into it much, but there are still gender-bias and stereotypes in architecture. Sometimes it's from an employer (mine is not like that at all), sometimes it's from the guys on a construction site and sometimes, it's from the client. I didn't expect to find gender-bias in the design of a high-tech fertility clinic …

UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 3

I'm a bit delayed posting about Day 3 of the forum because I was catching up with work. While Day 1 and Day 2 were amazing, the speakers finished hard on day 3 of the UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum. I've learned so much from the packed day of speakers discussing what's happening around the world. Highlights of …

UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 2

I'm a bit delayed posting about Day 2 of the forum because I was catching up with work. While Day 1 was amazing, the speakers kept up the pace on day 2 of the UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum. I've learned so much from the packed day of speakers discussing what's happening around the world. Highlights of …

UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 1

The speakers were amazing on day 1 of the UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum. I've learned so much from the packed day of speakers discussing what's happening around the world. Highlights of my day included: my tour of the new Bridgepoint Hospital realizing how lucky I am to be in a country that has a public healthcare …

In the news: Healthcare Design

The Evolution of US Tribal Health Centers Healthcare Design Magazine interviews James Childers about "the legacy he’s building, as well as the process behind designing facilities that proudly demonstrate the tribal values and cultural wealth of a historically underserved population." (Healthcare Design Magazine: The Evolution of US Tribal Health Centers by Kristen D. Zeit.) Childers …

Patient Room 2020 – patient room of the future?

A Corian product rep sent me a link to Healing Machine - by Metropolis Magazine, which shows the design of Patient Room 2020 by David Ruthven and his team. It features a room design with technology, quality, safety and patient health in mind. Patient Room 2020 Patient Room 2020 is "a prototype hospital room on …

2013 UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum Conference Program

Update: The Conference Program is now available! Pick the PDF or the Website! Conference During September 24-27, 2013, Toronto is hosting the UIA/PHG Forum + GUPHA Meeting and conference, coinciding with IIDEX Toronto! This year's theme is Get Better and it's presented by the RAIC, Architecture Canada, and IIDEX. Registration is open! I'd love to meet …

Announcement: 2013 UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum

During September 24-27, 2013, Toronto is hosting the UIA/PHG Forum + GUPHA Meeting and conference, coinciding with IIDEX Toronto! This year's theme is Get Better and it's presented by the RAIC, Architecture Canada, and IIDEX. I've been on some of the committees for the event, and I can tell you some of the presentations are going …

Call for Entries: NICU Design Competition

I received an email from the LinkedIn Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) & Quality Innovators group advertising an NICU design competition. You can download a PDF of the information package from the website: Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. Design Competition. There are two categories for this competition - theoretical and actual facilities. From the website: …

Music as Medicine

George Stroumboulopoulos (Strombo) had a post on his website this past week that described the effects of music on premature babies. Strombo writes: Traditional lullabies and favourite songs (slowed down to resemble lullaby) were played or sung for the babies, along with rhythm therapy such as a whooshing of the ocean or a heartbeat. Researchers …

CMHC Research Highlight: Grab-bar Preferences Study

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) sent a link to a Grab-Bar study in their e-newsletter this week. The study's objectives were to: 1) determine if and how people actually use toilet grab bars; 2) determine which configuration was more effective in facilitating safe toilet transfers; 3) determine if the grab bar configuration used had an influence on …

Hospital Design and Build Resource

I found some interesting articles at hospitalinfrabiz.com - India's Exclusive Hospital Infrastructure Business Portal  - and thought I'd share them with you. You can read them on their "Hospital Design and Build" page. Of particular interest, I found the summary article "Top 10 Evidence-Based Design Features that Improve Healthcare Outcomes" engaging, as it was co-written …

Day-lit Operating Rooms, Commitment Rules and a Case Study

A few articles on healthcare caught my attention this week.Two are about architecture and one is about the policies surrounding commitment for mental illnesses. Sunny Disposition by Green Health Magazine  In one of my LinkedIn groups, someone asked whether or not having naturally lit Operation Rooms was beneficial. It sparked a whole series of comments …

What's going on: Mental Health Miscellany

I've noticed a bunch of articles this week from various sources that highlight the current problems with mental health, specifically the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, so I thought I'd link to the posts with some summaries and why I found them interesting. 1. PTSD as an Outcome of Child Abuse by Louise Behiel (Blog) Louise …