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Post-Occupancy Evaluations: Research of New Initiatives in Health Care Facilities

By T. Thomas and K. Saslaw


American health care is undergoing an evolution of epic proportions and medical centres throughout the country are responding by restructuring the delivery of patient care services. Changes in professional staffing, technology and locations of services are just a few actions underway to create operationally efficient, more cost-effective institutions. Facility planning and design is equally challenged to present new facility models for these retooled medical centres. In 2025, American hospitals may bear little resemblance to the imposing medical structures which form this country's historical health facility reference points. This presentation will focus on the use of post-occupancy evaluations to improve innovation of health facility planning and design. We will discuss the use of post-occupancy evaluations to analyze the functional and environmental aspects of operational departmental areas, and the utilization of research conclusions to improve innovation and creativity in the design of new facilities. Ms. Saslaw, a health care administrator and planner, and Mr. Thomas, a health care architect and planner, will introduce the process issues of POE in design, and then present case studies and facility plans which demonstrate the value to new innovative environments. Specifically, individuals attending this session will: (i) understand the contemporary use of post-occupancy evaluations in facility planning and design, (ii) review several cases and discuss alternative facility responses derived from use of post-occupancy evaluations (iii) discuss the “Patient Focus Carei trend and the architects/planners response in improving health facility design

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