Our top links in March were solely focused on Healthcare Design…
Case Study- St. Mary’s Medical Center
This case study looks at the remodeling of St. Mary’s Family Medicine Center, an NCQA certified patient centered medical home. In their latest transformation, St. Mary’s objective was to design three differentiated spaces while still providing a cohesive healing environment.
Bad Hospital Design is Making Us Sicker
It’s no secret that hospital acquired infections and falls are major issues for many hospitals due to poor design. This article looks at additional bad design features and highlights the need to change the way we build, maintain and work in hospitals in order to promote rest and healing.
Design Can Provide Comfort for Palliative, Hospice Care Patients and Families
Hospice’s aim to comfort a patient near the end of life, rather than focusing on a cure. This articles discusses how aesthetic design must help patients and family members cope with the situation, in addition to providing private places to talk with members of the care team.
In February, it was evident that people were interested in reading about trending topics. Our top social media links focused on design trends as well as an article discussing the continually trending topic of big data.
6 Behavioral Health Design Trends
The 6 behavioral health design trends discussed in this article not only help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, but also fully address the needs of patients’ physical and mental well-being. They include quick patient assessments, integrated care, telemedicine, inpatient beds, strengthened outpatient services and specialty programs.
We’re Finally Realizing the Promise of Big Data
Combining predictive and prescriptive analytics holds enormous potential for healthcare providers to improve efficiency and quality of care. This article states that by tracking historical trends, hospitals can predict disease outbreaks in their community and brace for an influx of patients.
Words To Live By
Carl Kennedy, President of Stance Healthcare, and reading enthusiast, published an article on LinkedIn last month highlighting his top 5 books for personal growth. In this article, you’ll find out why the book titled “Today Matters” is his all time favorite, and which book inspires him to “Just Do It!”.
Understanding the Rapidly Changing Healthcare Market
As a design professional, CEU’s can help improve your competencies, knowledge and skills in specific areas of interior design. At Stance Healthcare we are advocates of continuing education within the industry, especially as it relates to healthcare. That’s why we decided to launch our own CEU program with the support of industry professionals and approval from the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).
With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being a hot topic of conversation, it’s important to remain educated on the rapidly changing healthcare market. Our course Side Effects is designed to enhance basic understanding of current policy issues and some of the secondary effects we see in the healthcare industry. With 20+ years’ experience, Suzanne Story teaches strategies for approaching challenges and provides examples of planning, design and emerging markets as ways to capitalize on the changes.
By taking a broad look at these ideas, we hope to inspire you to find some creative ways to turn challenges into new opportunities. It is an ever-changing healthcare landscape and examining successes, trends and partnerships can also lead to ideas for new revenue streams.
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Last month, Stance Healthcare participated in the #BellLetsTalk campaign (you can read more about our involvement here). Therefore, two of our most read articles in January weren’t related to healthcare design, but instead discussed behavioral health and mental illness. Check them out below:
Duchess Kate Perfectly Nails Why People Don’t Seek Mental Health Help
Kate explains the challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help. She also states that fear, or a sense of not wanting to burden another, means that people suffer in silence ― allowing the problem to grow larger and larger unchecked.
Top 5 Healthcare Design Ideas For 2017
One of the Top 5 Healthcare Design Ideas for 2017 includes facility upgrades to therapeutic environments that will balance regulatory concerns and safety. Securing furniture to walls and floors are one of the safety upgrades to be considered. Furniture specific for the behavioral healthcare environment include sled bases and bolt-to-floor brackets that will aid in safety for patients and caregivers.
Routine That Supports Good Mental Health
Routines make healthy choices easier and reduce stress. Routines that include some of these habits, can help support emotional health:
· A healthy breakfast
· Prioritize your to-do list
· Appreciate what’s good in your life
· Build and enjoy your relationships
Hospital’s use of Copper Surfaces Helped it Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections
An interesting low cost study on how using copper (instead of plastic and wood) on high-touch surfaces within a hospital facility, can reduce hospital-acquired infections by up to 60 percent!
Color is Key Component in Room Design
Whether designing a space for your home, or a healthcare facility, color is always a key component. Colors that evoke a calming and relaxing atmosphere are ideal for healthcare spaces. In this article, you’ll read about psychology to color, and that every shade in the spectrum can create an emotional and even a physical response.
What is Behavioral Health Furniture
Of Course, we couldn’t forget to include the info sheet we created titled What is Behavioral Health Furniture. This info sheet explains that when purchasing furniture for an intensive environment, safety, durability and cleanability are all major factors to consider.