After attending the HEALTHCARE DESIGN.05 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, a small group of registered nurses were inspired to address a knowledge gap they found among nurses who are increasingly being invited to the planning table. Since then, the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design has been helping to educate and inspire nurse leaders in their role in healthcare design and construction.

The case for freestanding ERs

The trend of growing emergency room visits and decreasing numbers of hospitals has led to overcrowded ERs and excessive wait times, leaving many people in rural areas lacking quick access to medical care. To remedy this growing problem, some communities and hospitals are turning to stand-alone, or freestanding, ERs.

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Green Health Design Online

Green Health Design Online features monthly articles on sustainability, green design, and eco-strategies in the built healthcare environment.

Passive survivability

The Perkins + Will-designed Embassy Medical Center in Sri Lanka will be the first facility in the world to house a medical bio-anaerobic incinerator as a means of generating energy for the hospital and the surrounding community. Attaining LEED and Green Guide for Health Care levels and moving on into the realm of a “living building,” the facility is designed to operate during catastrophic events, such as hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes.

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