In case you missed the news this week, George Lucas is building his museum in Chicago; Tiger is back on the links; things are still tense in the Middle East; and the IRS is incompetent. Oh, and somebody came up with a service in New Orleans that allows entrepreneurs to rent out their bathrooms to needy users.
But if you're more interested in news related to healthcare design, here's a digest of some of the interesting things I posted on social media in the last week or so:
- Patient Safety. Harvard health professor and founder of the National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape, M.D., thinks we need a hospital equivalent of the FAA to regulate safety. Not a bad idea, really. In Modern Healthcare.
- Affordable Senior Housing. It's not just the "haves" that can live in nice places when they get older. Check out this new apartment complex in Santa Clara, CA, designed by KTGY. In the San Francisco Registry.
- Art in Healthcare. Can art contribute to hospital acquired infections? Infectious disease expert Mark Winton, M.D., says not really. In Healthcare Fine Art Blog.
- Hospital Noise. This is a topic that isn't going to go away anytime soon. Good ideas from noise expert Susan E. Mazer, Ph.D, on steps hospitals can take to reduce noise. In HH&N Daily. (Full disclosure - her company is one of my current clients.)
- Healthy Hospitals. Once again, Kaiser Permanente takes the lead on environmental responsibility by no longer purchasing flame-retardant treated furniture. In the Lund Report.
- Medical and Dental Spaces. The fourth edition of Jain Malkin's comprehensive book has just been released. And it's a whopping 688 pages. Should be in every design professional's reference library. On the Wiley website.
- Health Benefits of Laughter. I reposted this classic healthcare design joke (my only one) on LinkedIn. Cracks me up every time. On LinkedIn.
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