The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) provides knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for members of – and those touched by – the healthcare architectural profession.
While urban health systems are often credited with driving healthcare innovation, rural and Critical Access Hospitals can also be fertile ground for new ideas. The staffing and funding shortages common in rural environments can inspire creative design solutions that push the boundaries of traditional healthcare programming and planning, leveraging space and staff in new ways. This session will showcase several recent hospital design innovations – such as "universal platforms" – that have been spearheaded by rural providers.
Through these case studies, we will answer the following questions:
1) What are the benefits – financial, operational and experiential – of these programming and planning innovations?
2) How can project teams navigate building code constraints that may challenge implementation of these innovative ideas while ensuring the highest level of safety for building occupants?
3) What processes and tools were used to translate creative healthcare delivery concepts into concrete planning solutions?
After participating in this webinar attendees will: