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Top 10 Blog Posts 2017

Well, it's that time of year again.  The time when I look at my blog stats and come up with the top 10 most read posts of the year.

I sure do appreciate all of you reading my posts.  I'm not surprised that the most popular ones are about healthcare design. Here are my Top 10 posts of 2017:

#10:  3 Healthcare Interior Design Innovations You Should Know About

How often does something truly innovative come along in healthcare interior design? Have we reached the point where we’re just tweaking best practices and products?  Maybe. And yet, three things stand out for me so far this year. The first is the tunable circadian lighting system at the Cottage at Cypress Cove in Fort Myers, Fla.  Read more>>

#9:  How Close Are We to the Patient Room of the Future?

Recently, I watched a video showing a virtual prototype of Patient Room 2020. Designed by NXT, Clemson University, and Birdtree Design for a project originally commissioned by the Department of Defense more than 10 years ago, this conceptual project still looks futuristic to me. And we’re less than three years away from 2020. Read more>>

#8: 8 Predictions for the Healthcare Design Industry

What do you think is going to happen in 2017? No one really knows, but there is plenty in store for the healthcare design and construction industry. Here are 8 things I predict will happen in the coming 12 months, in no particular order. Read more >>

#7:  No More Boring Healthcare Facilities

Can buildings cause us to behave in certain ways? Think about how you feel/act when you enter a majestic cathedral — Notre Dame, in Paris, for example. The soaring ceilings, stone walls, beautiful stained glass, muted light are peaceful and inspiring. No one yells or gets upset in these types of environments. Read more>>

#6:  All You Ever Needed to Know About Microhospitals

Have you seen the April issue of Healthcare Design yet? When you look at it, be sure to read my article on microhospitals. This was a fascinating topic to explore — worthy of much more than my 1,500-word assignment. In doing my research, I found a lot had already been written on microhospitals. Read more>>

#5:  Color or No Color? New Ability Lab Offers Both

The first thing that strikes you upon entering the new Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago is that it is very bright and white. And orange. A replacement facility for the Rehabilitation Institute (RIC) of Chicago designed by HDR Architecture, Gensler, and Clive Wilkinson Architects; this is a rehab hospital unlike no other — in both design and medical practice.  Read more>>

#4:  Is The Patient Room of the Future Your Bedroom?

Last week, I wrote a post asking how close we are to the patient room of the future envisioned by the Patient Room 2020 project 10 years ago. Several people commented, including Tracey McGee, who wrote that “the patient room of the future will ideally be one’s bedroom.” Read more>>

#3:  The New Healthcare Design Guidelines Are (Almost) Here!

Did you know that the latest edition of the FGI Guidelines for Design & Construction is being released this month? And that for the first time ever, it will be available in electronic format through MADCAD, an online subscription-based platform that supports compliance with U.S. building codes and standards? Read more>>

#2:  Should the Hospital & Clinic Waiting Room Be Eliminated?

Waiting is a fact of life. We wait to get our food in restaurants. We wait to get on planes or trains in airports and rail stations. We wait to get on rides at theme parks. We wait for concerts or plays to start. We wait to meet with people for business appointments. And we wait to see the doctor or nurse. Read more>>

#1:  4 New Healthcare Design Resources You Should Know About, Plus a Few More

So much has hit my inbox in the past few months, that with the holidays and everything, I haven’t been able to read all of it. But four new healthcare design resources caught my attention.  Here they are, in alphabetical order. Read more>

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