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AAH1910: Big Ideas for Small Facilities: Innovations in Rural Hospital Design 

10-08-2019 12:51

This webinar was sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on November 12, 2019.


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:

  1. Understand how innovative hospital planning solutions are supporting the delivery of essential healthcare services in the country’s most remote and financially challenged regions.
  2. Learn how these planning solutions can minimize construction cost and encourage long-term operational flexibility – in facilities of all sizes and locations.
  3. Recognize potential building code-driven roadblocks in implementing these planning approaches and learn how to navigate them without compromising occupant safety.
  4. Become familiar with processes and tools to engage hospital staff in developing creative healthcare delivery concepts and translating them into hospital planning solutions.


IDEAL AUDIENCE: This session is part of our Case Study Series, intended to introduce members of healthcare-centric practices, in all stages of professional development, to case studies of relevant content, providing access to data and critical analysis of elements critical to the project’s success.


Yvonne Nagy AIA, NCARB, LEED AP / HOK 


Amy Douma, AIA, LEED AP / HGA
Kara Freihoefer, PhD, NCIDQ, EDAC, LEED AP / HGA
Virginia Riffle, Chief Operating Officer, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital

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