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5 Key Considerations for Behavioral Health Facilities

Over 51 million Americans – more than one in five adults – live with a mental illness. Given the events of the last year, that number is only expected to rise, increasing the demands on behavioral health facilities exactly when they are needed most. Read More …

New Center for Children’s Health Breaks Ground in Flint to Serve Community’s Long-Term Recovery Needs

The Genesee Health System and the Greater Flint Mental Health Facilities Inc. have recently broken ground on a new GHS Center for Children’s Integrated Services building. The mental and physical health treatment center will Read More …

Interactive Room Design Focuses on Dementia-Friendly Waiting Room

Waiting rooms can influence the patient and family experience, as well as organizational efficiency. For older adults, especially those with dementia, waiting room design can unintentionally present barriers to accessing medical care. Design for an aging population can Read More …

Meeting Growing Behavioral Health Needs with Comprehensive Facilities

Over the past several years, there has been increased investment in behavioral health services, including traditional inpatient treatment and emergency psychiatric services. This is due, in part, to the Affordable Care Act, which expanded the requirement for insurers to cover mental health needs.

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Landmark Facility at Medical University of South Carolina Aspires to Set New Precedents for Inclusive Healthcare Design

Aspiring to be of one the country’s most autism-friendly hospitals, the new Medical University of South Carolina Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion aims to set a new precedent for inclusive healthcare design. Read More …

Room to Grow: Designing pediatric spaces for children of all ages

The path through childhood is made up of many phases, and the space around us should reflect that growth. In early years, we are drawn to bright colors and charming cartoons. Remember your first bedroom filled with teddy bears, dinosaurs or rainbows — a wonderland for imagination? A few years later and the teddy bears are replaced by toy cars or unicorns. Another few years pass to find posters of a favorite band or sports star adorning our bedroom walls as we navigate the world of teenagerhood — those awkward years. With high school comes cliques, gossip, sports and just trying to find our “place.”   Read More …

Infusing Heart and Soul: Creating healthcare spaces to meet women’s needs

When focusing on certain demographics, it is interesting to see how perspective changes. The result is a different approach to space and building design. Designing for women requires applying different lenses and to think about a woman’s typical day to better understand how to best support her. Read More …

Tale of an American Community Hospital: Navigating regulatory ambiguity

What is a hospital?

As today’s healthcare model moves further away from the major metropolitan acute care hospital, the definition of what a hospital is has become a greater conversation among healthcare providers, designers and politicians, alike. Read More …

Behavioral Health: Balancing Comfort & Safety

With an increased focus on the physical environment needs of recovery-based treatment, today’s behavioral health designs are more seamlessly blending safety, security and durability features with the requirement for calming, pleasant and therapeutic designs. Read More …

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