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The next gold standard

Today's clinic spaces must answer providers' needs for care delivery today
and offer the ability to turn that model upside down tomorrow
By Christine Guzzo Vickery

Modern clinic design is both responding to and
leading changes in the healthcare industry. New
legislation, changing reimbursement standards, and
a greater emphasis on preventive care are inspiring
healthcare organizations to realign their care models.
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However, what works today in a clinic module
may not work tomorrow. To be successful, healthcare organizations must continuously innovate
to meet a diverse population and improve care.
The new gold standard is based on flexibility and
adaptability.
Flexibility versus adaptability
Capital infrastructure represents a major investment for any healthcare organization. To maximize
that investment within a changing marketplace,
healthcare organizations need to balance flexible
space planning with adaptable space planning.
The two are not necessarily interchangeable,
and each represents different time frames. Flexible space planning serves short-term needs and
organizes services around like experiences and
activities, with universal spaces designed to flex
according to needs. This may be particularly helpful in multipractice clinic buildings, in which specialties can share laboratory services, waiting areas,
exam rooms, or education spaces.
Sioux Center Community Replacement Hospital
and Health Center in Sioux Center, Iowa, for

Sioux Center Community
Replacement Hospital
and Health Center in
Sioux Center, Iowa,
promotes flexible space
utilization.

Christine Guzzo Vickery

PAUL CROSBY PHOTOGRAPHY (SIOUX CENTER)

As recently as 20 years ago, there was a gold standard for clinic design, focused on caregiver needs
rather than patient comfort. Clinics were aesthetically
antiseptic places in which white walls, linoleum floors,
fluorescent lights, and overactive air conditioners
evoked a sense of sterile efficiency.
Yet over the years, the healthcare industry took
a closer look at patient comfort to reduce inherent
stress associated with clinic visits. A stronger focus
on data-driven, evidence-based design helped
reduce stress and support patient comfort with
more homelike features, better lighting, and views of
nature. Concurrently, Lean planning deconstructed
the standard clinic module to streamline caregiver
workflow, increase efficiency, and improve patient
care. The once-standard clinic module featuring three
exam rooms per physician soon gave way to open
plans in which caregivers share common workspaces
and flexible exam rooms.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Healthcare Design - October 2015

Healthcare Design - October 2015
Contents
hcdmagazine.com
Editorial
Show Talk
Monitor
Interiors
The Center
Adapt and Overcome
Seeds of Change
Site Seeing
State of Mind
Research
Special Advertising Section: 2015 Landscape Design Portfolio
First Look
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