Sound Masking Addresses Noise and Speech Privacy in Hospitals

By Niklas Moeller
In order to comply with the speech privacy requirements established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 2000, hospitals are increasingly installing sound masking to address scores related to the quietness of patients’ rooms at night.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Opens Doors at New Facility

Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Building for Transformative Medicine located in Boston opened its doors to patients Oct. 3. The building is designed to serve patients suffering from chronic neurologic, orthopedic, and rheumatologic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Health Care Design Caters to Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Viviane Chan
More and more people are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For health care construction and design professionals, this means that a greater understanding of the special requirements of this growing patient demographic is needed to create spaces that are optimized to their wellbeing.

Incomplete Construction Leads Lawmakers to Ask for Change

When plans to build a Veterans Hospital took shape in 2010, no one expected things to get so complicated. Six years later the Veterans Hospital, located in Aurora is still under construction and on Sept. 23 lawmakers asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate if Veterans Affairs (VA) executives lied to congress to conceal excessive construction costs.

Insight into Feasibility

By Scott Heywood
An accurate feasibility study makes it possible to support a facilities group request for the funding of a new project with clarity and confidence. A solid feasibility study will not only show what needs to be done, but also how it can be done within a precise time frame and within a well-researched cost estimate. The feasibility study empowers a facilities team to be as knowledgeable and persuasive as possible before presenting to decision makers.

Memorial Medical Increases Patient, Staff & Visitor Experience With ION-E Technology

Finding cell phone reception at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield shouldn’t be a problem any more. On Sept. 13, the hospital released a statement saying Farmington Hills, Mich.-based RF Connect was hired to design, install and commission the hospital’s indoor cellular coverage and capacity.

Construction to Link Two Colorado Springs Hospitals

Construction is slated to begin next month on an expansion to the pediatric hospital operated by Aurora, Colo.-based Children's Hospital Colorado (Children’s) and a four-story addition to UCHealth Memorial Hospital North (Memorial). Both projects are located in Colorado Springs and are scheduled to open in 2018.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Integrates Community into Green Design

On Aug. 24, the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center broke ground on a $26.3 million construction expansion.

Landmark Cancer Center to Debut in September

Construction concluded last month on the Landmark Cancer Center in Smithfield and is expected to open to the public in September. The 14,000-square-foot facility was designed by Quincy, Ma.-based JACA Architects, and construction was completed by West Greenwich, R.I.-based Ken Jones Construction. The new Landmark Cancer Center, located on the campus of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island consists of nine patient treatment areas along with two private treatment areas, examination rooms, physician offices, a laboratory and a pharmacy.

Waynesboro Hospital Undergoing Four-Phase Renovation Project

Waynesboro Hospital has started work on a $6 million expansion project that will ensure patients receive the highest quality of care in an updated facility. Planning for the project began in 2015, but a groundbreaking ceremony took place the first week of August. Renovations are expected to be complete in the next 14 to 18 months.