Bucking the Trend in Patient Room Design

Posted 9 July 2015 12:00 AM by Evan Bane

An interesting thought piece published in Healthcare Design recently by Jim Atkinson of HDR Architecture challenges the approach of designing patient rooms specialized for specific conditions or acuity levels.  He points to a recent project where the client had seven different inpatient room types, and cautions that such spaces risk becoming obsolete almost as soon as they’re built.

We could argue that new federal funding formulas are driving a complete re-thinking of space needs by healthcare systems, and that Atkinson’s call for greater patient-room design flexibility may be a wise clarion call to heed.  You can read the full magazine article here.


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