Meet Corgan’s Two New Healthcare Design Executives

Design firm Corgan has added two leaders to its healthcare practice. Shane Williams will be the Healthcare Design Director, and Chris Grossnicklaus will be a new Vice President. Williams has more than 25 years of experience in the field, and joined Corgan’s Dallas office as a Vice President and the Studio Director of the firm’s healthcare practice. He will focus on overall planning and design direction for the company’s clients. Grossnicklaus has 13 years of experience in healthcare design, and will focus on strategic development, master planning, and aligning mission and vision. He will be Vice President of Corgan’s healthcare… Full Story

Why Texas Health Frisco Will Have a Pocket Park

Texas Health Frisco CEO Brett Lee said THR wanted to think differently about the role of its new hospital in Frisco, and is creating an environmentally-friendly campus that serves as a community gathering space that emphasizes wellness with the same commitment it devotes to sick patients. Texas Health Frisco is the first hospital-based partnership between UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources, opening in December. The $270 million campus and medical office building are part of the medical expansion northward of the various hospital systems, including Children’s Health, Cook Children’s, Baylor Scott and White, Texas Scottish Rite, and Medical City. “We were careful to… Full Story

Architecture Firm REES Adds Regional Healthcare Leader

Adam Panter will join architecture firm REES as Regional Healthcare Leader. Panter has been in the healthcare design field for 14 years, and has worked on projects with Parkland, Baylor Scott and White, Texas Health Resources, UT Southwestern, and Children’s Health. “Adam joining REES improves our ability to serve our healthcare clients in Texas,” said REES CEO Allan Parr via release. Previously, he was in leadership roles at HDR and helped found myInceptive, LLC. “I love REES’ commitment to its clients. Listening and understanding our clients’ needs, first, is critical to a projects success –  It matches the way I… Full Story

Why Texas Health Hospital Mansfield is Going Modular

Texas Health Hospital Mansfield is set to open early in 2021, but with labor shortages and unpredictable weather plaguing the construction industry all over North Texas, they found a solution that improves quality, consistency, and could be the future of the construction industry. Partnering with design and construction firm Beck Group and Factory Blue, the hospital is being built with modular restroom pods for the surgical and ICU patient rooms. The prefab rooms are built completely offsite and delivered to the hospital when they are complete. Factory Blue is the only multi-trade prefabrication facility in North Texas and is located… Full Story

Expert: Designing for Mental Health

The only thing constant in the healthcare market is change, which is why it is hard to believe that the stigma associated with mental health treatment and hospitals remains after all these years. The challenging goal for designers of healthcare spaces is to create a patient care environment and experience that allows for clinical success.  For behavioral and mental healthcare spaces, designers must understand how one’s surrounding area affects the five senses and triggers an emotional response. Can designers actually manipulate the healing process and overall patient experience with good design? Scientists have said that more than half the brain… Full Story

Expert: The Impact of Texas’ $745 Million Investment in Mental Health

Texas state lawmakers just wrapped up the 86th legislative session, and as a part of their work, they approved $745 million for the construction of mental health facilities specifically designed to improve the lives of Texans receiving treatment. That’s an investment our country desperately needs. In the United States, nearly one in five adults live with mental illness, and almost one in 20 experience severe mental illness. It is clear mental health is an issue that should get our collective attention. However, Texas ranked third to last in the nation in mental health care spending per capita in 2013 —… Full Story

Balancing Cost and Quality: Healthcare Design Experts Weigh in

Earlier this month, leading healthcare design professionals joined us at the D CEO offices for a healthcare design discussion as a part of our healthcare breakfast panel series. We discussed some of the factors impacting healthcare design, what systems, providers, and patients are looking for in systems, how technology has impacted healthcare design and how the space can be used to be more efficient for employees. The panel included Tina Larsen the Managing Principal and Healthcare Sector Leader at Corgan, Ian Sinnett a principal and regional healthcare leader at Perkins+Will, Jeff Stouffer the Executive Vice President and Health Group Director at HKS, and Joshua Theodore a Vice… Full Story

Expert Opinion: Designing Healthcare for Every Generation

The physical environment can have a big impact on how an employee feels and can either facilitate their ability to do their job or create frustrating barriers, but these pain points, preferences, and motivators look different for Baby Boomers, post-millennials, and everyone in between. In light of the growth of healthcare’s generationally diverse workforce, understanding the most important drivers of staff satisfaction provides a powerful opportunity to improve quality of care, patient experience, and ultimately, the bottom line. Baby boomers are emotionally invested in patients but report being emotionally exhausted and physically fatigued. Concerned with a work-life balance and their… Full Story

Join Us for D CEO’s Architecture and Design Healthcare Breakfast Panel

In an exponentially changing world, designing facilities that meet all the needs of the modern healthcare industry is a tough challenge. Communication technology is replacing and changing the provider-patient relationship, innovative treatments are reducing the time patients need to spend in a hospital, and generational shifts create new needs. In order to learn more about how the design industry is dealing with changing healthcare needs, D CEO will host its third Healthcare Breakfast Panel this March. As the hospital arms race continues in the DFW suburbs, other systems are scaling down and looking to be more mobile and accessible. Virtual… Full Story

How Design Can Impact Health Outcomes and Serve the Whole Patient

Many have begun asking why we only consider health and wellbeing when someone is sick—rather than preventing symptoms before they turn into chronic problems. Wellness can be approached from a number of angles, from strategic facility planning,  and architectural medical planning to interior design and nursing operations. Further, exploring the joint influence of holistic health design and design centered on our love for nature can help those who design healthcare facilities better serve the whole person. Recognizing and reducing stressors through savvy design In a healthcare setting, a patient is exposed to environmental and social stressors. These stressors can affect… Full Story