Healthcare Design Has A Gender Issue

May 12, 2021 0 Comments

When I was a young professional working in healthcare design, I vividly recall taking conference calls from inside a closet so my clients couldn’t hear my children’s voices from across the room. This was the early 1990s, a time when the thinking on women at work was very cut and dry: Women were either a full-time employee or a stay-at-home parent.  But I had rejected the either/or options and created my own hybrid solution, setting up my own studio in my home and working directly with clients as part of a collaborative team with other independent consultants. This approach gave me a flexible schedule to balance parenting while keeping my career development intact. Still, I couldn’t let clients know I was working at home without it having potential negative implications for my career.

Several decades later, the pandemic has, in some ways, accelerated a shift in our tolerance for working … Read the rest

The Heart Of It All

May 11, 2021 0 Comments

A lot of boxes need to be ticked when we’re choosing locations for the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference year after year: the right-sized venue, easy travel options, hotel variety, temperate weather, potential for facility tours.

And when you look at Cleveland against that list, it’s a little surprising that we haven’t held the show there until now.

Cleveland Clinic—the No. 2 hospital system in the country per U.S. News & World Report—is probably the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s just the beginning. University Hospitals and The MetroHealth System are two other major healthcare systems in the city, and all three have interesting and innovative projects in the works. Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor (HTC), launched in 2010, is a 1,600-acre area catering to biomedical, healthcare, and technology companies, with a turbocharged infrastructure and access to entrepreneurial support services, venture capital funding, thought leadership from nearby academics and … Read the rest

Optimizing Early Brain And Motor Development

May 8, 2021 0 Comments

So why such a high rating? For Week 2 of our 30-Day Gut-Health Reset with Dr. Pedre, you’ll focus on eliminating inflammation triggers. So, food isn’t just about weight, it’s about overall health.

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Are you stressed out by the topic of skin care? Dead skin cells equal dull skin tone. And by not getting rid of them, you’re sabotaging the hydrating effects of body cleansers and moisturizers as they try to battle through” the buildup barrier. Use a body scrub about twice a week. Alternatively, try daily dry-body brushing before showering. In order to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle, it’s important to have some sort of consistency when looking at the big picture result. Make changes one at a time, and don’t make too many changes at once or you will risk relapsing into old habits. Making these choices a part of your daily life will … Read the rest

Natural Connection

May 7, 2021 0 Comments

One of the many things that has helped keep me sane and grounded this past year has been religiously getting out of the house and spending time in nature. Thankfully, because I live in California, I have the benefit of sunny and inviting weather most of the year. I’m also fortunate to live in a neighborhood connected to a 6,000-acre regional park, making it easy and convenient to go for short walks or long hikes in the hills. And a 30-inch-deep, blow-up pool I purchased online at the start of the COVID-19 quarantine allowed me to float away the weekends all summer long. I haven’t spent so much time outdoors since I was a kid. During these times, I frequently find myself reciting a favorite quote from biologist and author Rachel Carson: “There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and … Read the rest

Tips That Give You A Brighter Smile

May 5, 2021 0 Comments

Exercise stimulates the development of new connections between the impaired and the nearly normal blood vessels, so people who exercise have a better blood supply to all the muscle tissue of the heart.

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Known to be great for all skin types, vitamin C creams brighten the skin and address signs of aging. For Week 2 of our 30-Day Gut-Health Reset with Dr. Pedre, you’ll focus on eliminating inflammation triggers. This includes certain foods and drinks as well as high-intensity workouts, which can spark gut distress. Safflower oil has a lot of omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential fats that are important to good health. Essential fats, according to Harvard Health Publishing , are needed for your body to function properly, but your body can’t actually make them. You must get them from food. Dietary supplements contain other forms of silica that are generally safe and … Read the rest

Online Focus: Cancer Care

May 5, 2021 0 Comments

Strategies to deliver cancer care are focused on providing more comprehensive services under one roof, inspiring new layouts and approaches to treatment spaces to streamline diagnosis and treatment services. There’s also increased attention being paid to materials selection, biophilic strategies, and access to the outdoors to further support patients as well as the staff members and family members supporting the patient in their care journey. Below, find recent coverage of cancer center projects and planning and design strategies. For more, explore under the Cancer Care Projects section of the HCDmagazine.com website.

Better Use: The David H. Koch Center For Cancer Care At Memorial Sloan Kettering

The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan has innovated the patient, caregiver, and staff experience via design.

Improving The Cancer Care Journey

Understanding a patient’s experience of care is the first step in designing a better … Read the rest

PHOTO TOUR: Baptist Health South Florida Plantation

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

Baptist Health South Florida (Coral Gables, Fla.) has expanded its footprint in the tri-county area with the opening of an outpatient facility in Plantation, Fla., this past January. The 112,000-square-foot medical office building includes an ambulatory surgical center with five operating rooms and outpatient services, such as urgent care, diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, physical therapy, medical oncology, and primary care. The building also comprises designated suites for services from the health system’s four centers of excellence, including cancer, orthopedic, cardiology, and spine care.

Designed by Gresham Smith (Nashville, Tenn.), the four-story facility has a clean and modern design that’s consistent with other recently completed Baptist Health South Florida facilities. Located on a scenic lake development, the interior features large windows that allow patients to enjoy views of the outdoors while receiving care. A neutral, warm palette is accentuated with pops of blues and greens, with each floor having a specific … Read the rest

7 Creepy Locker Room DON’Ts

May 1, 2021 0 Comments

Make sure you step far enough forward to achieve a good stretch and that you keep your shoulder and arm relaxed during the stretch, avoiding locking your elbow.

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Skin products using collagen may spark the body’s output of collagen while other product ingredients with antioxidant features reduce the damage to collagen and elastin cells by free radicals. High-intensity interval training can also help you burn fat. This type of exercise involves alternating quick bursts of high-effort exercise with short bouts of rest – such as alternating sprinting for 30 seconds with walking for 30 seconds. This type of exercise seems more effective in burning fat than simple steady-state activity such as walking at a brisk pace for a half-hour, notes a paper published in the Journal of Obesity in 2011. phytolyft It’s also a more advanced exercise method though – if you’re brand new to … Read the rest

Onward Expansion: Ochsner Medical Complex – The Grove

April 29, 2021 0 Comments

Founded in 1942 as the first multispecialty physician practice in New Orleans, Ochsner Health has evolved into Louisiana’s largest nonprofit academic healthcare system with  40 owned, managed, or affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, along with more than 100 health and urgent care centers. During the past three decades, much of that expansion has been taking place in Baton Rouge, which sits about 80 miles northwest of its hometown, including a 150-bed hospital on the city’s east side and about 15 smaller clinics throughout its metropolitan area.

In mid-2019, the system opened the largest single investment in its history—the Ochsner Medical Complex – The Grove, a $116 million microhospital with surgical center and medical office building all under one roof on the city’s west side.

Traffic snarls in Baton Rouge were a major factor in the expansion, as crosstown commutes are difficult there. “Baton Rouge has some of the worst traffic … Read the rest

Designing For Medical And Behavioral Health Comorbidity

April 27, 2021 0 Comments

In the United States, an estimated 68 percent of adults with a mental health affliction have at least one concurrent medical condition and 29 percent of people with medical conditions have a behavioral mental health disorder, according to a 2011 health policy brief by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. With the general population’s access to services often limited by availability, financial constraint, or stigma, these totals may be understated.

This medical and behavioral health comorbidity, which is the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases that encompass both mental health and medical conditions, can be due to causality, environmental risks factors, or even to chance. A 2008 report in the American Journal of Medicine by Dr. Wayne Katon addressed comorbidity of type 2 diabetes and depression, indicating that each condition can influence the other.

For example, depression has a direct negative effect on glucose metabolism and may increase insulin resistance … Read the rest