Award: Montgomery Sisam Architects for Sister Margaret Smith

I received my weekly email from Canadian Architect today, and the heading Montgomery Sisam Architect receives High Commendation for International Mental Health Design caught my eye. I bookmarked the article to read tonight, and was blown away, even by its limited description and small photo for the Sister Margaret Smith Addiction Treatment Centre in Thunder Bay … Continue reading Award: Montgomery Sisam Architects for Sister Margaret Smith

NICU Environment

Last month, I wrote my thoughts on Sunnybrook Hospital's new NICU parent coordinator. Kate Robson, the Sunnybrook Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parent Coordinator, responded to my question: ... is there a way of minimizing the feel of the breathing machines and tubes, and interjecting some life from outside those stabilizing entities? She gave me a link (Thank You!!!) … Continue reading NICU Environment

Kaiser Permanente Competition: Small Hospital, Big Idea – Finalists

So the Small Hospital, Big Idea competition announced the finalists. I was waiting to post on it before I saw the images of the winners but there's a caveat on their site that says "images will be posted shortly," and that's been there for 2 days. Looking forward to the winning entries. I hope they post the … Continue reading Kaiser Permanente Competition: Small Hospital, Big Idea – Finalists

Can Technology Help with Alzheimer's?

I follow a LinkedIn group called the 'AIA Academy of Architecture for Health' (AAH), and through it I discovered the organization The Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc, which publishes a newsletter called Perspectives for design professionals and patients. May 2011's newsletter contains an interesting article entitled 'Simple Technology Makes a Huge Impact,' which focuses on the Simple C Companion. … Continue reading Can Technology Help with Alzheimer's?

Kaiser Permanente Competition: Small Hospital, Big Idea

I didn't have the time to participate in this design competition from Kaiser Permanente, a health care providing organization, entitled "Small Hospital, Big Idea," but I'm really looking forward to the results. The design competition seeks: "seeks design concepts for a small, eco-conscious, patient- and family-friendly hospital that uses the best in emerging medical technology … Continue reading Kaiser Permanente Competition: Small Hospital, Big Idea