09 Sep 4 architectural perspectives that promote a health care organization’s growth and lower operational costs Pt. 2
Part 2 of 4. Teamwork.
The Collaboration of evidence-based design and clinical planning creates efficiency, ultimately saving money. The Pew Research Center shows that by the year 2029, over 75 million boomers will have entered Medicare eligibility. This statistic is an indication your facility will be providing increased levels of care with an aging staff population and potential workforce shortage. In relation to design, this will entail designing a facility that is more efficient, less stressful and uses proven techniques to reduce length of stays. Ways this can be accomplished are through:
- Increased uses of technology in care delivery
- Efficient staff pathways and decentralized work stations
- Exterior and interior healing gardens and large windows
- Noise-reduction measures.
- Access to community and ease of mobility within the facility
According to recent studies, exposure to natural elements leads to lower doses of medication, fewer post-surgery complications and higher job satisfaction. On the inside of the building, it is well known that an understandable wayfinding system reduces anxiety and frustration. Patients with regular access to daylight, nature and music heal faster with reduced complications. Further, a healthcare campus should create environments to encourage family participation which can help prevent patient isolation and assist in support to staff. This entails designing space for recreational activities, education and overnight accommodation that are friendly to children and pets.