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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 …

MKM Launches Video Series, Health is Membership

MKM architecture + design is launching a new video conversation series, Health is Membership, looking to better understand the connection between placemaking and well-being. Read More …

4 Techniques for Designing & Constructing Medical Spaces for Multiple Users

As healthcare systems strive to grow in their existing markets by creating ambulatory care homes, many are seizing a unique opportunity to co-locate outpatient specialties. The resulting facility is a multispecialty outpatient center, which features a comprehensive range of health services to increase convenience for Read More …

Decisive Strategy to Advance your Emergency Department

An emergency department is often a patient’s first contact with a hospital, so a facility with efficient operations, good patient flow and a design that prioritizes a patient’s comfort speaks volumes. Read More …

Renewed Focus: New Guidance Released for Anti-Ligature Compliance

Identifying risks, remediation strategies in behavioral health facilities

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Although the majority of suicides occur outside the hospital environment, the industry has renewed its focus on designing facilities to avoid ligature risks. The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently formalized new standards to help facility Read More …

Putting the Resident First: Concepts for Understanding How to Design Memory Care Facilities

As architects, we want to believe that our memory care facility designs benefit loved ones that are living with dementia. However, despite our best efforts, sometimes the opposite is true. Environments created without the resident’s best interest in mind can lead to the stereotypical negative behaviors seen in memory care facilities. Read More …

Anatomy of the Patient Experience: Top 3 Design Features for Speed of Service

In today’s healthcare landscape, patients – as consumers – have more options than ever when selecting a physician or care provider. And health systems are honing their customer service skills in response. Through innovation and design, savvy healthcare systems are positioning for competitive advantage. Read More …

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