Healthcare and Evidence-Based Design
Members of Parkhill, Smith & Cooper’s healthcare team sat down with Dr. Nicole Bullock and Vishia Wilson, RN, of Abilene Regional Medical Center for a roundtable discussion on healthcare design and advancements.
Healthcare Director Kelby Sue, AIA, and Director of Business Development for Healthcare, Mishi Mathur, led the discussion at the Abilene office to help gain a better understanding of design techniques and best practices in designing future facilities.
Mathur approached Sue with the idea to host the roundtable discussion in the Abilene office with Dr. Bullock and Ms. Wilson. They primarily wanted to think about ways the group could gain in-depth information regarding the healthcare industry from a medical provider’s perspective.
“It really allowed us to talk about the impacts of what their practical experience can do to our built environments,” Sue said.
Sue and others discussed how each architecture practice and discipline talks about evidence-based design. With healthcare, it’s about taking the space and how it supports patient and staff safety, as well as other environments, such as providing emotional support to patients and families.
“It can sound very abstract, but you have more than likely seen these everywhere in everyday practices,” Sue said. “It’s as simple as putting a continuous handrail from a patient’s bed to a toilet room. Or the other thing that works so much in healthcare is decentralized nursing – putting nursing stations away from the central zone and closer to the patient and supplies. So again, saving those steps and milliseconds.”
Sue noted that the most critical piece to these roundtable discussions is always keeping an open mind and open door for client feedback and further building those relationships.
“That client-liaison or client-relationship-building starts building a trust between us and clients,” he said. “It further shows that we are truly interested and want to hear what they have to say about the environments we are creating for them.”