7 Things Healthcare Construction is Avoiding to be Cleaner and Leaner

Currently, the estimated cost of global healthcare construction is about $400 billion. In 2020, the industry is expected to grow more than 4%. This includes projects from cutting edge hospitals to groundbreaking research campuses and even small specialty clinics. Make no mistake, though - while the dollar figure is growing, these new facilities are building leaner and cleaner than ever before.

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Humanizing Healthcare Construction

We’ve all been there – sitting in a hospital room with a clinical design that’s as sterile as the room itself. It doesn’t ease tensions or improve dispositions, and the cost to renovate and innovate keeps it from being a space that fosters recovery. How can we build hospital rooms that change everything from the bottom line to a lifeline? The answer is one you might not have considered before but is literally built right into the walls. Prefab construction humanizes the patient experience.

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Case Study: Maryhaven

Maryhaven has helped people and families dealing with addiction and mental illness find a path to recovery since 1953. With a modest budget, they wanted to bring life to their healing space through branding by creating a donor wall as well as incorporating inspirational images and quotes throughout their space. This not only made it more welcoming and impactful, but created a positive experience for patients.

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Take a Tour of a DIRTT Healthcare Lab!

When you finish a healthcare construction project, you’ll likely ask yourself:

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Why the Experience is More Important Than Ever in Healthcare Environments

A patient’s perception of the overall healthcare experience is closely tied to the quality of care received, cleanliness, safety, and communication. The physical environment is becoming more and more important to this overall experience. The delivery of facilities services must evolve to keep pace with patients’ expectations. It’s especially important since people often have a choice of where they go for their healthcare.

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The Future of Healthcare Facilities: A Case Study

Healthcare continues to evolve. Today's medical professionals have to create spaces that are flexible to meet changing demands. In addition, few sectors have to be as responsive and responsible as healthcare. Patients range from newborns to seniors. The industry responds daily to injuries, illnesses, and preventative health care. In short, they never stop working for us.

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Why Healthcare Facilities are Building Better and What You Need to Know

Consumerism and patient influence on healthcare facilities is growing. According to Health Facilities Management and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association's 2016 Hospital Construction Survey, more than 86% of survey respondents said that patient satisfaction is "very important" in driving design changes in health facilities and/or services. The survey also reported that 63% of respondents stated they include the public in the design process.

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Is Your Healthcare Space Ergonomically Friendly?

In the world of healthcare, it’s important to consider the holistic experience. That’s why healthcare facilities today are creating environments designed with a compelling selection of settings across the entire health system. Still, there’s a greater need for ergonomic solutions in these spaces, whether that’s providing flexible seating options in the waiting room or sit-to-stand solutions for staff members. Here are three additional ways to make your healing spaces more ergonomically friendly.

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Why We Love Healthcare Construction and Design (and You Should Too!)

Over the past decade we've seen dramatic changes in healthcare construction in terms of demands and delivery. This extends to cost factors and green building requirements, which are having a profound and exciting impact on the development of healthcare facilities. Changes are often difficult to predict so new buildings are being designed to be flexible and adaptable. It can get especially tricky with the redevelopment of existing buildings. Those responsible for redeveloping existing buildings know it can adversely affect air quality or have long construction timeframes.

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