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Creating Your Hospital’s ‘Third Place’

June 30, 2010


Starbucks aficionados may recognize the term third place as Starbucks’ attempt to create a gathering place away from home and work—a third alternative where social and productive time can be spent. As healthcare facility identities morph to serve different and expanded roles in communities, administrators may consider the overlooked aspects of their treatment environments as […]

IDP and Integrated Delivery

June 28, 2010


Acronymns can be tricky. IDP is the Intern Development Program run by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).  IDP is the official apprenticeship process all architects-in-training must complete prior to sitting for their registration exam.  IPD is, as I often discuss here, Integrated Project Delivery. These two movements do not have a lot in common, […]

Garbage Patch as Lesson Learned

June 26, 2010


With the Gulf’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the news, other environmental ugliness has taken a back seat. A month or so before the spill occurred, I learned of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the first time. I am not sure how something supposedly twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific […]

Future of Physician-Owned Hospital Projects

June 25, 2010


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka the Healthcare Reform Bill) was passed on March 23, so its ripple effect has had about 90 days to sink in to all those affected.  Besides the speed of its adoption and the complexity of its contents (over 2,400 pages), the wild card with legislation coming out […]

Green Design Feeds Green Wallet

June 23, 2010


Owners may be interested in sustainable design for different intangible reasons, but no one can deny the way green design affects a company financially. Kim Shinn, a LEED policy driver and green design guru with TLC Engineering, once presented what the USGBC calls ‘the business case for sustainable design’ using “top line” and “bottom line” benefits […]

IDB Not a Trip to the Doctor

June 21, 2010


One of the many analogies in favor of integrated design-build (IDB) over traditional project delivery systems is the current healthcare billing catastrophe.  Those who have participated in non-routine medical treatment know what I mean when the bills start coming:  bills from the hospital, the physician’s group (who subcontracts through the hospital), any specialists (billed separately, […]

Two Prereqs to Healthcare Retailization

June 19, 2010


For a few years now, experts have said one of the impending healthcare trends is retailization. Retailization in healthcare is understood as providing healthcare in a way similar to the business model for retail:  inexpensive, fast, and accessible.  One of the theories supporting this idea is that if healthcare outlets are ubiquitous like ATMs, people are more […]