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Virtually Confronting the Behavioral & Mental Health Crisis

The influence of telehealth and the built environment in today’s mental healthcare climate

In 2021, on the first day of February, my family of four became a family of three. Liam, my 15-year-old son, had the world at his feet; a great student, boy scout, multi-sport athlete, kind friend, leader, amazing big brother and an energetic soul. Despite the endless list of reasons to love his life, he made the decision to end it. Read More …

Rural Resolve: Diverse design programming can improve community well-being

About 60 million people — nearly one in five Americans — live in rural areas and depend on their local hospitals for care. Despite the fact that hospitals are crucial for the health and economic well-being of the communities they serve, U.S. rural hospitals have increasingly faced closures since 2010, with many more vulnerable to closure.  Read More …

Designing for the Ages: Trends in population health design

The design of healthcare centers are continually evolving to match the needs of communities. These designs must adequately address the vast range of experiences that a diverse population represents, including generational diversity. Facilities designed with all community members in mind allow for a community-centric approach to healthcare.  Read More …

Navigating Shifting Terrain: Frameworks for the future of pediatric health

Historically, disruptions to our health system cause a fundamental re-examination of expectations for patients and providers. The question is two-fold for pediatric providers: How is value defined differently for pediatric health systems, and how has the pandemic changed the value equation?  Read More …

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 …

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