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Hospital or Hotel? Healthcare Becoming More Hospitality Focused

Healthcare design is increasingly focused on creating a comfortable and hospitality-like environment for patients – or “guests” as some hospitals may say – keep patients and guests at ease during their stay. A recent New York Times article discusses how hospitals are being transformed and some people may not even be able to tell a hospital and hotel apart.

Similar to the article’s quiz, take a look at some hotels and hospitals featuring Shaw Contract Group flooring and see if you can tell the difference – hotel or hospital? Answers below.

Also, try the quiz from the New York Times to see if you can tell the difference!











A: Hospital – Bellevue Medical Center (Bellevue, NE)
B: Hotel – Shore Hotel (Santa Monica, CA)
C: Hospital – Pocono Medical Center (East Stroudsburg, PA)
D: Hospital – The Overlook at C.C. Young (Dallas, TX)
E: Hotel – Doubletree Suites by Hilton (Huntsville, AL)
F: Hotel – Westin Phoenix Downtown (Phoenix, AZ)
G: Hospital – Swedish/Issaquah Medical Center (Issaquah, WA)
H: Hotel – The Allison Inn & Spa (Newberg, OR)

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Giving Adult Hospitals a Child’s Touch

“We are all children in the face of illness—scared, ignorant, and impulsive—and we should be treated as such.”

This quote from Mark Attiah, a student at Perelman School of Medicine – University of Pennsylvania, in a letter that was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. His article’s proposition: Adult healthcare facilities should take a page from the design standards applied to children’s hospitals.

Attiah was inspired to write the piece after completing rotations at both types of hospitals. One patient’s story puts a face on the often-repeated idea (and research-backed findings) that patients, family, and caregivers are all left wanting – a care environment that supports them in a truly human way. The lack of activities and dull surroundings were not helping her healing process. As said by Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Design, no matter the person, young or old, “the fear and butterflies and need for distraction are still just under the surface the entire time.”

As shown in our 2013 Design is…Award Market Winners, healthcare facilities are being designed with a more hospitality-like feel, allowing patients to better relax.

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Arizona State University’s Student Health Services Makes for a Sustainable Story

As featured online with Architechtural Record, Arizona State University’s Student Health Center designed by Lake | Flato (in collaboration with architect of record Orcutt | Winslow of Phoenix) is a great example of functional, sustainable design Shaw Contract Group Ecoworx and Eco Solution Q products (The Eccentric tile, for instance) add to the sustainable story. Read more HERE.

Images: ArchRecord

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Design that Advances Civilization: Observations from a Path Less Travelled

I continually seek collaboration with colleagues who are making a difference in design. It is why I joined ASID as a young interior designer, meeting thought leaders in the industry, giving up my weekends to be with the smartest colleagues who considered design’s impact. It is that curiosity that led me to The Center for Health Design and allowed me to find a playground of the best multi-disciplinary thinkers in that sector. An insatiable thirst to make a difference through design now has me committed to an evidence-based approach to launch innovation in the design of the built environment that is available to the masses. It is that alignment that has led my firm CAMA to MASS Design Group. Collectively we are intrigued with the opportunities that are at hand, reordering design priorities through the acceptance of new theories that are fueled by this evidence-based design methodology.

Rarely is the design of the built environment given a priority in change-management thinking. Timing is everything the biggest issues demanding our attention today are generally related to human survival. This uncomfortable feeling of change is a designer’s catalyst to ask the questions needed to inform innovative solutions. Thanks to the work of our academic colleagues their meta-analyses of existing data have established good baseline design principles. That baseline of knowledge will keep many shortsighted design teams from regressing but more importantly liberate the innovative teams with insightful freedom to explore design’s true impact on the human condition. Although we have a long way to go, what has been learned is enough to create a road map so that all who design our habitats can also advance a handful of these critical issues.

If design innovation can launch a civilization to a new plateau, i.e. accessible design of hand-held mobile devises, then what is our role as the architects of place/habitat? A more opportune time has not existed since the Renaissance, to quote an astute academic colleague Professor Renato Troncon, “between a methodology, EBD, and a philosophy, beauty, the perfection in nature that has contributed most to human survival, E. O. Wilson”. This is the thinking behind the design work that CAMA hopes to accomplish in our collaborative efforts with MASS Design Group and their Learning Lab. The premise behind our evidence-based approach to design, MASS’ South to North strategy, is to know which interventions will most improve the human experience. In order to improve these experiences we must first improve the most appropriate outcomes and then and only then will we create the places of well-being required for a balanced productive existence for all who come indoors.

Rosalyn Cama is President and Principal Interior Designer of CAMA, Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut. An interior planning and design firm steeped in evidence-base design, the firm’s mission is to create interior environments that improve outcomes. Roz has been a practicing healthcare designer for 30 years, and has worked on projects throughout the United States, including Yale-New Haven Hospital, Baystate Health System, Dublin Methodist Hospital of OhioHealth, The American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge and the University Medical Center at Princeton. A fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Roz has served as the chair of its Healthcare Specialty Network and is a past National President. She is also a recipient of many design and service awards. Roz is a frequent speaker about evidence-based healthcare design at meetings and conventions internationally. She has also written and published numerous articles on the subject. Her latest book publication is titled, “Evidence-Based Healthcare Design” (John Wiley & Sons in association with the American Society of Interior Designers, 2009).

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Evidence-Based Design in Practice

Can an intensive focus on design affect patients and their levels of stress or aggression while in medical treatment?  That was the focus of an article recently published in The New York Times written by Roger S. Ulrich, a visiting professor of architecture at Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The consensus?  Decades of studies on the design of apartments, prisons, cardiac intensive care units and offices have resulted in a common theme:  key components in the design of facilities and interiors can and have had a positive impact on the well-being of patients in mental health and medical facilities.   Evidence-based design, or making decisions based on research that will create the most efficient outcome, has become the fastest growing trend in healthcare development.

Shaw Contract Group’s Healthcare Design Studio considers evidence-based design research when designing products to meet the high performance and aesthetic requirements demanded within medical and wellness facilities.  The key principle that nature is a proven force in healing was the major inspiration for one of our newest collections: Unearthed.  Shaw Contract Group designers styled Agate, Jasper, Quartz and Mica to abstractly mimic the natural rock formations and banded layering of minerals found under the earth’s surface.  The colorways were derived from the healing properties of individual colored rocks and mineral formations.

Want inspiration?  Visit the collection here.

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